For this week’s festival of free films on Hulu, we’ve selected nine titles in which the director gets in front of the camera. Starring the Director includes Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp favorite The Gold Rush; Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game (look for Renoir as the impish Octave); French funnyman Pierre Etaix’s debut feature, The Suitor; Fox and His Friends, featuring an unlucky-in-love Rainer Werner Fassbinder; John Cassavetes’s Opening Night (one of the two films in which Cassavetes starred with his wife, Gena Rowlands); the wacky Schizopolis, with a one-time-only leading part for its director, Steven Soderbergh; and two nonfiction films, Orson Welles’s investigation into trickery F for Fake and Louis Malle’s journey to the American heartland God’s Country.
Also this week, we present the rare 1942 film Spitfire (a.k.a. The First of the Few), based on a true story about an aircraft designer whose fighter plane became essential to the British effort during World War II. The film was directed by and stars Leslie Howard, who would die in 1943 when his own plane was shot down by German fighters. Watch it below or at Hulu. And remember, 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.