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One of cinema’s least-sung heroes is the hairstylist. Movies are often defined by their look and texture; why not also show some appreciation for the lovely (or ludicrous) locks worn by their actors? Check out the super cuts in the selections for this week’s festival of free films on Hulu: Louise Brooks’s brilliant bob in Pandora’s Box, resurrected by Anna Karina in Vivre sa vie; the late-eighteenth-century wigs of Ettore Scola’s La nuit de Varennes; the modish coiffures of the sixties French fashion models in William Klein’s Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? and Agnès Varda’s Cléo from 5 to 7; the cascading, black, and deadly strands of the phantom woman in Masaki Kobayashi’s Kwaidan; and, maybe most outrageously, the gravity-defying pompadours in Aki Kaurismäki’s Leningrad Cowboys Go America.
Then there’s the shock of hair worn by Jack Nance in Eraserhead. David Lynch’s nightmarish cult classic has plenty of unforgettable surreal elements, but that distracting do always comes to mind first. You can stream the whole film below, or over at Hulu. And don’t forget: if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see the hundreds of other streaming Criterion films.