Netflix has signed a stunning deal with French company Mk2 Films for the streaming rights to a raft of classic films, which will allow it to stream those movies on its platform. The deal, as of now, is for 50 films, which includes classics by Charlie Chaplin, celebrated French filmmaker François Truffaut, directors such as Claude Chabrol and Jacques Demy, besides Alain Resnais, David Lynch, Emir Kusturica, Michael Haneke, Xavier Dolan, Steve McQueen and Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski.
Ml2 holds the rights to more than 800 titles, including Chaplin classics such as Modern Times, The Great Dictator and Limelight.
If there was one genre that was woefully lacking in Netflix’s content library, it was cult classics. This allowed streaming platforms such as Mubi, and even Amazon Prime Video to some extent, to steal a march over Netflix, which until now was concentrating more on streaming its original series and movies. All that is set to change, at least partially, as Netflix will begin streaming these classics, starting this Friday, 24th April.
Netflix will stream the first batch of classic films this Friday, which are 12 films by Francois Truffaut — The 400 Blows, Fahrenheit 451, The Last Metro, Shoot the Piano Player, The Woman Next Door, Jules and Jim, Stolen Kisses, The Soft Skin, Love on the Run, Confidentially Yours, Bed and Board and Two English Girls.
Netflix will have most of the 50 films up for streaming by the end of 2020. At present, the movies will stream only in French-speaking territories, which will hopefully be expanded to include worldwide streaming.
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