Conceived as an alternative to this weekend’s Super Bowl festivities, this week’s special series of free Criterion films on Hulu Plus is one we’re calling Art-House Touchdown. These are the perennial champs of the art-film world—mega-masterpieces from a handful of our most important cinematic auteurs. Odds are good that you’ve heard of most of them. There’s Amarcord by Federico Fellini, Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard, Jules and Jim by François Truffaut, Pickpocket by Robert Bresson, Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa, The Seventh Seal by Ingmar Bergman, and Tokyo Story by Yasujiro Ozu.
We’re also offering a rare but adored film from the Japanese master Kenji Mizoguchi. The Life of Oharu is not yet available on DVD or Blu-ray in the U.S., but you can see it from Criterion exclusively on Hulu. A devastating, exquisitely rendered depiction of a woman’s downfall from nobility to prostitution in seventeenth-century Japan, Oharu is a film you’ll never forget. You can stream the whole film below or over at Hulu. And don’t forget: if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can stream hundreds of other Criterion films.