Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Criterion Collection Arrives On Fandor




Read the Hollywood Reporter Feature Here!

Fandor, the leading curated subscription streaming service for true lovers of cinema, announces that Hulu will bring the Criterion Collection to Fandor. The films will roll out progressively, with the first seven launching on November 11th, followed by a new collection of films each week, averaging about 30 films debuting on the service each month.

Each release will have a curated theme, with the first grouping titled “Expeditions,” followed by “Island Life” on November 18th and “Family Troubles” on the 25th and will be available to Fandor members for a limited window of 12 days. The agreement was negotiated between Griffin Gmelich of Hulu and Ted Hope and Jonathan Marlow on behalf of Fandor.

Fandor CEO Ted Hope says, “We are thrilled to be working with Criterion and Hulu to reach a passionate community of the most enthusiastic film lovers in North America. It feels great to give our audience what they really want, the best auteurs and the best movies from the best partners.”

“We're thrilled that Hulu continues to demonstrate its commitment to building the Criterion brand and audience with innovative ideas like this new arrangement with Fandor,” said Criterion Collection CEO Jonathan Turell. “We are confident we'll find new fans in the Fandor audience, who should appreciate the curated bursts of classic cinema Hulu’s Criterion titles will bring to Fandor.”

Keeping with the eclectic and wide-ranging Criterion Collection, “Expeditions” will include Zoltán Korda’s controversial Sanders of the River (1935), featuring a performance by Paul Robeson, Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush (1925) and Hiroshi Teshigahara’s classic Woman in the Dunes (1964).

“Island Life” features Ingmar Bergman’s Through a Glass Darkly (1961), Michelangelo Antonioni’s L'avventura (1960), and Stromboli (1950) from Roberto Rossellini, while “Family Troubles” includes John Cassavetes’ landmark US indie A Woman Under the Influence (1974), The Ceremony(1971) from director Nagisa Oshima and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974).

The releases will be available on Fandor commercial-free, launching every Tuesday for their 12 day run. Certain films will debut with extra content, allowing Fandor members to go deeper into the film.

The complete lineup of the first three releases for November is as follows:

Launch Date: 11/11/14 Series: Expeditions

1. Burden of Dreams (1982) dir. Les Blank

2. The Four Feathers (1939) dir. Zoltán Korda

3. The Gold Rush (1925) dir. Charles Chaplin

4. Letter Never Sent (1959) dir. Mikhail Kalatozov

5. Sanders of the River (1935) dir. Zoltán Korda

6. The Wages of Fear (1953) dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot

7. Woman in the Dunes (1964) dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara

*More Details on the First Series of Films can be Found at

Launch Date: 11/18/14 Series: Island Life

1. L'avventura (1960) dir. Michelangelo Antonioni 

2. Bergman Island (2006) dir. Marie Nyreröd

3. Lord of the Flies (1963) dir. Peter Brook

4. Naked Island (1960) dir. Kaneto Shindô

5. Profound Desire of the Gods (1968) dir. Shohei Imamura 

6. Stromboli (1950) dir. Roberto Rossellini

7. Through a Glass Darkly (1961) dir. Ingmar Bergman

Launch Date: 11/25/14 Series: Family Troubles

1. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974) dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder 

2. A Nos Amours (1983) dir. Maurice Pialat

3. The Ceremony (1971) dir. Nagisa Oshima

4. The Demon (1964) dir. Kaneto Shindo

5. Fists in the Pocket (1965) dir. Marco Bellocchio

6. The Housemaid (1960) dir. Kim Ki-young

7. Seduced and Abandoned (1964) dir. Pietro Germi

8. A Woman Under the Influence (1974) dir. John Cassavetes

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