Cinema fans and students rejoice: you can now stream a huge chunk of the Criterion Collection through Kanopy.
Kanopy is a digital video service the AU Library just subscribed to that offers access to full-length films – and in our case, that means hundreds of the titles available through the Criterion Collection, the go-to brand name for film buffs. Their titles read like a list of the greatest movies of all time. Hoop Dreams, Seven Samurai, The Great Dictator, and Tokyo Story are some of the most cherished, ever, and all five are available to stream instantly from your choice of device.
To access Kanopy, visit this AU-specific website. You might notice movies labeled “Request”; we only have access to the Criterion titles, so not everything on Kanopy will be available. Follow this link for a list of just the Criterion Collection’s films. Many of these are also accessible through the catalog now, so if you searched for Burden of Dreams on DVD, you’ll find a streaming version too. (As with all our streaming video sites, you’ll have to log in with your library credentials if you are off-campus.)
We’ve bragged about the quality of our world cinema and silent film databases, but access to 300 titles from the Criterion Collection takes the cake. If you need to see a significant film for a course or just want to watch one of the classics, there’s a good chance you can see it for free, right now, on the same device you’re using to read this.
We’ll wait here while you check out Kanopy. You’ll want to.