Tear it down with this week’s festival of free Criterion films on Hulu, Revolution!. Whether portraying large revolts against institutions or the small-scall rebellions of individuals, these films concern people who refuse to accept the status quo. A selection of superb films from great international directors are represented here: Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers, Mikhail Kalatozov’s The Cranes Are Flying, Věra Chytilová’s Daisies, Andrzej Wajda’s Danton, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven, Akira Kurosawa’s No Regrets for Our Youth, Mario Monicelli’s The Organizer, Jean-Luc Godard’s Tout va bien, and Costa-Gavras’s Z.
Also be sure to check out Satyajit Ray’s evocative The Home and the World, a love triangle story set against the backdrop of an early twentieth-century Bengali revolution against British colonizers. Adapted from a novel by Rabindranath Tagore, this 1984 drama is one of Ray’s most richly expressive late films. The Home and the World is not yet available on disc from Criterion, but you can watch it in its entirety below or at Hulu. And remember that if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see these and hundreds of other Criterion films commercial-free, anytime.