Follow a cadre of criminals and the law enforcers pursuing them in this week’s festival of free films on Hulu, Cops and Robbers. These noir-tinged dramas hail from all over the world, including Germany (Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The American Soldier), Denmark (Lars von Trier’s The Element of Crime), France (Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows), and Japan (Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill, Takumi Furukawa’s Cruel Gun Story, Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low, and Koreyoshi Kurahara’s Intimidation).
And don’t miss our final selection, La balance, a critically acclaimed French drama directed by an American expatriate, Bob Swaim. Set in the Paris underworld, the film concerns a small-time hood and his prostitute girlfriend, who are manipulated into turning against each other by the police, who want to use them to catch a much more substantial criminal. La balance was a smash hit and won three César Awards—for best film, best actor (Philippe Léotard), and best actress (Nathalie Baye)—but is not available on home video in the U.S. 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.