For this week’s festival of free films on Hulu, Scorsese Favorites, we took curatorial inspiration from one of our great directors and cinephiles. Martin Scorsese is a fan of these classic films from around the world, some of which you can read more about in his recent Criterion Top 10. They include Roberto Rossellini’s Paisan, Jean Renoir’s The River, Kenji Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu, Andrzej Wajda’s Ashes and Diamonds, Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’avventura, Francesco Rosi’s Salvatore Guiliano, and Ahmed El Maânouni’s Trances, a Moroccan documentary about the band Nass El Ghiwane. Scorsese has called Trances “an obsession of mine since 1981,” when he first saw it, and it was the first film restored by his World Cinema Foundation (now World Cinema Project), in 2007.
Also on offer this week is Masahiro Shinoda’s Silence, based on Shusaku Endo’s novel about Jesuit missionaries in seventeenth-century Japan. Scorsese has long been planning a new version of Silence, and it looks like it may go into production this year, starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, and Ken Watanabe. Before then, see Shinoda’s 1971 original, which has quite a pedigree of its own, including cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa (Ugetsu) and music by the legendary Toru Takemitsu (Woman in the Dunes). Watch this rarely screened film, unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray in the U.S., 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.