• In this week’s festival of free films on Hulu, Out at Criterion. we celebrate LGBT Pride Month with a selection of movies featuring gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters and themes. The titles include Basil Dearden’s groundbreaking tale of a blackmailed closeted barrister, Victim; Chantal Akerman’s avant-garde vision of a bisexual female drifter, Je tu il elle; iconic gay auteur Derek Jarman’s punk classic Jubilee; Rob Epstein’s Oscar-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk; Paul Schrader’s stylized vision of bisexual author and playwright Yukio Mishima, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters; Gus Van Sant’s debut feature, Mala noche, about a deadbeat guy obsessed with a Mexican immigrant; and Léa Pool’s Emporte-moi, about a pubescent girl coming to terms with her sexuality.

    In addition, we’re featuring Fox and His Friends, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s masterful study of materialism and classism in seventies German culture, about a working-class gay man (Fassbinder) who’s taken advantage of by friends and lovers. Not currently available on disc from Criterion, Fox and His Friends can be watched in its entirety 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.

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  • By Barry Moore
    June 06, 2014
    06:12 PM

    'Fox and His Friends' ('Faustrecht der Freiheit') is a strong and interesting film, but hardly promotes any pride in being gay. It shows gay and straight audiences alike that gay people can be as selfish, fickle, and cruel as any other human beings, which of course I think was precisely Fassbinder's point. He was interested in realism and did not endorse the idealism that lay behind the gay liberation movement. 'The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant' (1972) offers some thematic parallels using lesbian characters. Among the other titles cited above, 'Victim' is a striking film for its time, and is pioneering in its themes, and 'Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters' is worth seeing.
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  • By Greg
    June 07, 2014
    12:12 AM

    Please release these Fassbinder films you have on blu-ray. Wellspring released these on dvd (I have them all, now OOP, but one can easily find them), so an Eclipse release again would be a bummer.
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