L’avventura: Cannes Statement
By Michelangelo Antonioni
Les Blank’s Cinéma Vitalité
By Andrew Horton
Heartbreak, divorce, and obsession—just in time for Valentine’s Day. This week’s festival of free Criterion films on Hulu is all about Bad Romance. Meet Billy and Antoinette Edwards in Allan King’s alternately wacky and painful documentary A Married Couple; Nick and Mabel in John Cassavetes’ intensely moving tale of domestic strife A Woman Under the Influence; Lucia and Max, enacting a disturbing sadomasochistic affair in Liliana Cavani’s The Night Porter; Monika and Harry, who run away from it all until reality comes crashing in in Ingmar Bergman’s Summer with Monika; and Karol and Dominique, going through an epically bitter divorce in the second part of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors trilogy, White.
We’re also showing François Truffaut’s scintillating, underseen The Soft Skin, still unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray in the U.S. This story of a wildly destructive affair between a married, middle-aged literary critic (Jean Desailly) and a flight attendant (Françoise Dorleac) is an alternately dreamlike and realistic portrait of modern love—with a famously shocking conclusion. Watch it below or at Hulu, and remember that if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can also see the hundreds of other Criterion films streaming there.