We hope you’re keeping up with our 101 Days of Summer series, for which we are highlighting a different Criterion title on Hulu every day through Labor Day, many of them new to Hulu. The series is both a great way for subscribers to explore the online film collection and for nonsubscribers to get a taste of what Hulu has to offer for Criterion lovers: each film will be free (with ads) for forty-eight hours.
Today’s selection, not available on DVD or Blu-ray, is Czech director Juraj Herz’s pitch-black The Cremator. Among the most acclaimed films of the boundlessly rich Czechoslovak New Wave, it is a disturbing, ultrastylized period piece set in Prague during the German occupation of World War II, and it follows a mentally unhinged crematorium operator who collaborates with the Nazis despite having a half-Jewish wife. Watch The Cremator either here or on Hulu. And remember that if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see this and the hundreds of other Criterion films streaming there commercial-free anytime.