• For this week’s festival of free films on Hulu, we’ve selected nine titles in which the director gets in front of the camera. Starring the Director includes Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp favorite The Gold Rush; Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game (look for Renoir as the impish Octave); French funnyman Pierre Etaix’s debut feature, The Suitor; Fox and His Friends, featuring an unlucky-in-love Rainer Werner Fassbinder; John Cassavetes’s Opening Night (one of the two films in which Cassavetes starred with his wife, Gena Rowlands); the wacky Schizopolis, with a one-time-only leading part for its director, Steven Soderbergh; and two nonfiction films, Orson Welles’s investigation into trickery F for Fake and Louis Malle’s journey to the American heartland God’s Country.

    Also this week, we present the rare 1942 film Spitfire (a.k.a. The First of the Few), based on a true story about an aircraft designer whose fighter plane became essential to the British effort during World War II. The film was directed by and stars Leslie Howard, who would die in 1943 when his own plane was shot down by German fighters. Watch it below or at Hulu. And remember, 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.

4 comments

  • By Jeremiah
    December 18, 2013
    01:48 PM

    Why has the extremely bad user interface not been fixed on Hulu yet?
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    • By Jeremiah
      December 18, 2013
      01:50 PM

      Also, when signing up for hulu, it still claims there are over 800 criterion films available. But on the criterion library search page on criterion.com, it lists only 532 films as being available.
    • By Michael Koresky
      December 18, 2013
      03:34 PM

      Jeremiah, the complete list (which includes 869 titles at the moment) can be found at the following link: http://www.criterion.com/hulu
  • By Jeremiah
    December 18, 2013
    06:13 PM

    Thank you for the reply. That definitely helps. But it's pretty unusual to force users to go to a secondary website to actually be able to browse through selections. I'm sure there are a lot of user's who have had to google criterion on hulu to find a complete movie selection available. And if like me they found the criterion search page first, then they would be about 300 movies short; which is significant. People have had complaints about the interface since 2012. It really seems that Criterion isn't interested in making the user experience any better. There are many people that subscribe to hulu mainly, or exclusively for the Criterion selection, but the system on hulu really reduces the subscribers ability to enjoy the great movies that are offered. It really seems silly that finding the selection is so difficult. Especially considering the amazing quality of the selection. If I'm not mistaken, it was different a few years ago, when users could search by decade, director and country. Maybe I'm not remembering correctly, but I'm pretty sure I am. Please, finally fix the interface and help people find what they are looking for.
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