• For this week’s festival of free movies on Hulu, Veterans Day, we commemorate some of the greatest war films of all time. These moving, frequently harrowing films hail from all over the world, including France (Raymond Bernard’s Wooden Crosses; Jean-Pierre Melville’s La silence de la mer), Great Britain (Stuart Cooper’s Overlord), Italy (Roberto Rossellini’s Rome Open City) Japan (Kon Ichikawa’s The Burmese Harp and Fires on the Plain), Poland (Andrzej Wajda’s Kanal), and Russia (Grigori Chukhrai’s Ballad of a Soldier and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood).

    Also on offer is the remarkable The Lion Has Wings, British movie impresario Alexander Korda’s 1939 propaganda film for the English war effort, codirected by Korda, Michael Powell, Brian Desmond Hurst, and Adrian Brunel. Combining newsreel documentary footage and a fictional narrative starring Ralph Richardson as a wing commander, the film was created to impress on viewers the urgency of the war against Germany. Watch the film below or at Hulu. And don’t forget: if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see these and hundreds of other Criterion films commercial-free, anytime.

     

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