The Executioner: By the Neck By David Cairns
Designing for del Toro By Eric Skillman
The gorgeous Vivien Leigh is best known for her astonishing, iconic portrayals of Scarlett O’Hara and Blanche DuBois. But she also delivered years of extraordinary performances in films made in her home country of England, both before and after Gone with the Wind. This week’s festival of free films on Hulu highlights four of those titles. The intense 1937 historical drama Fire Over England, also starring Leigh’s husband, Laurence Olivier, Flora Robson, and James Mason, was the film that convinced MGM to cast Leigh as Scarlett. 21 Days, made directly after Gone with the Wind, in 1940, is a noirish crime drama by Basil Dean about an innocent man headed to the gallows. That Hamilton Woman, from 1941, shows off Leigh and Olivier’s amazing chemistry in a tragic love story, set during the Napoleonic Wars, that was Winston Churchill’s favorite movie. And then in 1948, Leigh perfectly embodied the title character in director Julien Duvivier and producer Alexander Korda’s lavish adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, which you can watch in its entirety below, or over at Hulu. And don’t forget: if you sign up for Hulu Plus for a monthly fee of just $7.99, you can see the hundreds of other Criterion films now streaming.