The Executioner: By the Neck By David Cairns
Designing for del Toro By Eric Skillman
In honor of Thanksgiving, we offer A Criterion Banquet as this week’s festival of free films on Hulu. All of the selections feature food as a major plot point or visual component. Of course, the usual gastronomical suspects are here: Gabriel Axel’s Babette’s Feast, Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander, and Louis Malle’s My Dinner with André, all of which feature unforgettable meals. Some unexpected titles also appear on the menu: Eric Rohmer’s short and sweet The Bakery Girl of Monceau; V?ra Chytilová’s Daisies, featuring an epic climactic food fight; Paul Bartel’s wicked cult comedy Eating Raoul; Bergman’s rare Fårö Document 1979, which includes an extended scene of a fisherman making dinner from his day’s catch; Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles; Dušan Makavejev’s singular Love Affair, or The Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator, featuring a lovely strudel tutorial; and Alexander Korda’s The Private Life of Henry VIII, with Charles Laughton’s classically terrible table manners.
Also on offer is Les Blank’s delightful documentary Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers, a humorous and mouthwatering paean to the boisterously flavored bulb—sometimes known as “the stinking rose”—of the film’s title. Watch the film, currently unavailable on Criterion home video, below or at Hulu. And remember that 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.