The Executioner: By the Neck By David Cairns
Designing for del Toro By Eric Skillman
The entries in this week’s festival of Criterion films watchable for free on Hulu are all set during World War II, and they look at its various arenas of conflict from a variety of vantage points, including those of soldiers and civilians from Russia (The Ballad of a Solder), France (Lacombe, Lucien), Japan (The Burmese Harp, No Regrets for Our Youth), Italy (Rome Open City), and Germany (The Tin Drum). Alain Resnais’ short documentary Night and Fog, with its chilling Holocaust imagery, is also included.
For a particularly immersive depiction of war, there’s Stuart Cooper’s kinetic, black-and-white 1975 drama Overlord, which follows a young British soldier from basic training to the front lines of D-day. Shot by Kubrick’s sometime cinematographer John Alcott (Barry Lyndon), it’s a stunning, unfairly little-known work. Watch the impressionistic trailer below for a sense of the film, and watch it in its entirety at Hulu. And, as always, if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can stream hundreds of other Criterion films there.