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    Your eyes will widen at the selections from this week’s festival of free Criterion films on Hulu Plus, all containing examples of classic special effects. Decades before CGI became the norm, filmmakers had to come up with creative ways to realize their astonishing visions on-screen. Those flying horses and magic carpet rides in The Thief of Bagdad, the stop-motion monsters of Equinox, the ghostly photographic visions of The Phantom Carriage, and the dreamlike underworld creations of Orpheus all made the impossible possible. And there’s Things to Come, William Cameron Menzies’s brilliant 1936 dystopian tale of a war-ravaged future. This film, with a screenplay by none other than H. G. Wells, is not currently available on DVD or Blu-ray, but you can watch it below, or at Hulu, for free. Be sure to browse through Criterion’s hundreds of other titles on Hulu Plus, and sign up for just $7.99 a month to see them all!

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