In this week’s selection of free Criterion films on Hulu, we’re paying tribute to four of our favorite stars with Iconic French Actresses. Watch the exquisite Catherine Deneuve in Luis Buñuel’s sexy and surreal Belle de jour and François Truffaut’s gripping The Last Metro; the formidable Jeanne Moreau in Louis Malle’s once-scandalous The Lovers and Truffaut’s art-house evergreen Jules and Jim; and the versatile Delphine Seyrig, as a wild comic-book sidekick in William Klein’s Mr. Freedom and the routine-bound title character in Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles.
And for our fourth phenomenal performer, Isabelle Huppert, we present two powerful films by Claude Chabrol not currently available on DVD or Blu-ray: the tragic historical drama Story of Women and the intense psychological thriller La cérémonie, in which Huppert and Sandrine Bonnaire (another amazing actor) costar as maids resentful of the bourgeois family they work for. You can watch La cérémonie for free in its entirety, below or at Hulu. And remember, if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see these and the hundreds of other Criterion films streaming there any time.