Every so often, we like to recommend a handful of under-the-radar titles buried deep in the ever-growing number of Criterion films on Hulu. This week, we offer up an array of eight Cinema Rarities, all unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray, most by filmmakers whose work you can find elsewhere in the collection, others new to us. They include Courage Every Day, directed by Czech filmmaker Evald Schorm (Return of the Prodigal Son); The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice by Yasujiro Ozu; Satyajit Ray’s The Home and the World; the yakuza thriller Hunter in the Dark, from Hideo Gosha (Three Outlaw Samurai); Stakeout, a 1958 thriller directed by the little known Yoshitaro Nomura; Robert Bresson’s intense and spare The Trial of Joan of Arc; and La truite, a drama from Joseph Losey starring Isabelle Huppert.
Also featured is a title from one of our favorite Eciipse auteurs: Raffaello Matarrazzo. If you’ve seen the films in our set Raffaello Matarazzo’s Runaway Melodramas, you know that this Italian director—hugely popular in his home country but not widely known here—doesn’t do anything by halves. And Torna, featured in its entirety below or at Hulu, is from the same golden age as the overheated dramas of religion, sex, and mega misfortune in the Eclipse series. It’s one of many buried treasures in the hundreds of Criterion titles now available on Hulu. You can see them all if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month.