L’avventura: Cannes Statement
By Michelangelo Antonioni
Les Blank’s Cinéma Vitalité
By Andrew Horton
Last week, the film world lost one of its greatest artists, the always controversial Nagisa Oshima. Over a forty-year career, Oshima made stimulating, sometimes shocking cinema that thrilled and puzzled audiences around the world. We’re highlighting eleven of those movies in this week’s festival of free Criterion selections on Hulu, including The Sun’s Burial (1960), Night and Fog in Japan (1960), Pleasures of the Flesh (1965), Violence at Noon (1966), Sing a Song of Sex (1967), Japanese Summer: Double Suicide (1967), Three Resurrected Drunkards (1968), Boy (1969), In the Realm of the Senses (1976), and Empire of Passion (1978).
Also featured is Oshima’s 1960 Cruel Story of Youth, his second film as director and the earliest film of his we’re offering. Stylish and unapologetically dark, Oshima’s breakthrough is a tragic tale of two hedonistic, disaffected young lovers, starring the attractive pair Yasuke Kawazu and Miyuki Kuwano. If you’ve never seen an Oshima film before, it’s a great place to start. Watch this film, unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray, below or at Hulu. And sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month to see the hundreds of other Criterion films streaming there.