a Healthy Disdain


FIILM SNOBBERY 101: HOW TO ENJOY FREE FILMS ON THE INTERNET (THE LEGAL WAY)

If you fancy yourself a film snob and have yet to discover The Auteurs, allow me to do you a huge favour: Join The Auteurs.

Part film-fan-Facebook, part on-demand cinematheque, The Auteurs is an online community devoted to the discovery, discussion, and celebration of cinema.  The site was established in partnership with The Criterion Collection, and very much shares Criterion’s dual ethos of preserving exalted classics and promoting lesser-known gems.  Premised on the aptly disdainful credo  “popular doesn’t always mean good”, The Auteurs caters to those with diverse appetites and discerning taste.

Films are available via a browser-based streaming service, compatible with both PC and Mac, and are readily expandable to full-screen HD.  The site itself is completely free to join, and, amazingly, many of its films are also completely free to watch.  Indeed, thanks to the sponsorship of Stella Artois, Auteurs members can, for a limited time, access a selection of Cannes Festival favorites entirely free of charge.  While precise availability varies by region, the offerings include films by Frederico Felini (Amacord), Jacques Tati (Mon Oncle), Wong Kar-wai (Happy Together), and others, as well as Lars Von Trier’s 2000 Palme D’Or winner, Dancer in the Dark.  For the full lineup, visit this link.

Even if you prefer to do your viewing elsewhere, The Auteurs remains an essential resource for web-savvy cinephiles, thanks to its elegantly-designed database and robust social networking features.  The site tracks user ratings, reviews and favorites, making it easy to discover related films and filmmakers, and to connect with like-minded film buffs.  As a handy bonus, the discussion forums also have a notably lower douchebag quotient than do IMDB’s.

Register ASAP to take advantage of the Cannes special presentation, which runs until June, and once you’ve done so, feel free to hit me up via the user search page (Julian Carrington).

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