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Hard-to-Find Movies Currently Streaming for a Limited Time

From Cleo from 5 to 7 (screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

For this month’s roundup of streaming recommendations, we’ve decided to highlight movies that can currently only be found online on select media platforms. Most of them are also unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray (or can’t be bought cheaply, at least), so you may want to catch them on these services while you still can.

Cléo from 5 to 7

Agnès Varda confronts mortality through a feminist lens in one of her earliest features. In real time, it follows the protagonist as she waits to get the results of a biopsy. A pioneering work of the French Left Bank movement, you can either stream it for free or fork over $80 for the Criterion box set which includes it and three other Varda films.

Available on Kanopy

Cousin Bobby

The recently, sadly departed director Jonathan Demme was never content to settle on one mode of filmmaking. Among his many concert films, he also made a documentary about his own cousin: Robert Castle, an Episcopal priest and prominent political activist. Demme’s usual compassionate lens is lent an unusually intimate feeling by his connection to his subject.

Available on Sundance Now (or Amazon with a Sundance Now add-on)

Red Hollywood

From Red Hollywood (screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Thom Andersen is one of the premier film essayists currently working. This 1996 feature, co-directed by critic Noel Burke, scrutinizes the work of filmmakers who were blacklisted during the Red Scare. Made mainly by collating clips from scores of movies from the time, the film examines how they were able to get leftist ideas into their work in the midst of an incredibly

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