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L'histoire de la Palme D'Or, as chosen by moi

By: ShaKha

The world has suddenly hurtled backwards in time. I am the only one who realizes it. I suddenly find myself in pre-World War II Europe. The newspaper claims that a young man by the name of Adolf Hitler has taken over as the German chancellor. I have to warn everyone. Suddenly, I realize the implications of my sudden change in time and space. I could stop Hitler or I could found the Cannes film festival and give out awards based on my own preferences. This is where our story begins. I must also warn that my decisions are based solely on the films that I have seen from any given year. I am now back in the present day and ready to release this information. I would also like to apologize about Hitler, but I got distracted.

And the Palme D’Or goes to:

1946: Brief Encounter (David Lean) & The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder)
1947: Dumbo (Walt Disney)
1948: Not held
1949: The Third Man (Carol Reed)
1950: Not held
1951: Los Olvidados (Luis Bunuel)
1952: Umberto D (Vittorio de Sica)
1953: Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot) & El (Luis Bunuel)
1954: Jigokumon (Teinosuke Kinugasa)
1955: Marty (Delbert Mann)
1956: The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock)
1957: The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman) (This was a difficult year)
1958: The Cranes are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov)
1959: Les Quatre Cents Coups (Francois Truffaut)
1960: La Dolce Vita (This was a REALLY difficult year)
1961: Two Women (Vittorio de Sica)
1962: The Exterminating Angel (Luis Bunuel)
1963: Pour la Suite du Monde (Michel Brault and Pierre Perrault)
1964: Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy)
1965: The Knack… and How to Get it (Richard Lester)
1966: Signore & Signori (Pietro Germi) & Seconds (John Frankenheimer)
1967: Blowup (Michelangelo Antonioni)
1968: The Firemen’s Ball (Milos Forman) (Festival not cancelled!)
1969: If…. (Lindsay Anderson)
1970: MASH (Robert Altman)
1971: Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo)
1972: La Classe Operaia va in Paradiso (Elio Petri)
1973: O Lucky Man! (Lindsay Anderson)
1974: Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
1975: Les Ordres (Michel Brault) and The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Werner Herzog)
1976: Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
1977: Bound for Glory (Hal Ashby)
1978: Cancelled due to a lack of knowledge (disliked the films I have seen)
1979: Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
1980: All That Jazz (Bob Fosse)
1981: Possession (Andrzej Zulawski)
1982: Missing (Costa-Gavras)
1983: The Ballad of Narayama (Shohei Imamura)
1984: Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders)
1985: Insignificance (Nicholas Roeg)
1986: Down By Law (Jim Jarmusch)
1987: Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders)
1988: Pelle the Conqueror (Bille August)
1989: Jesus de Montreal (Denys Arcand)
1990: Hidden Agenda (Ken Loach)
1991: Barton Fink (Brothers Coen)
1992: Leolo (Jean-Claude Lauzon) & The Player (Robert Altman)
1993: The Piano (Jane Campion) & Naked (Mike Leigh)
1994: Red (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
1995: Underground (Emir Kusturica) & La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz) (Very difficult year…had to narrow down from a 4-way tie)
1996: Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh) & Crash (David Cronenberg)
1997: Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami)
1998: Idioterne (Lars Von Trier)
1999: Rosetta (Brothers Dardenne)
2000: Yi Yi (Edward Yang)
2001: The Son’s Room (Nanni Moretti) & La Pianiste (Michael Haneke)
2002: 24 Hour Party People (Michael Winterbottom) & Spider (David Cronenberg)
2003: The Barbarian Invasions (Denys Arcand)
2004: Life is a Miracle (Emir Kusturica)
2005: L’enfant (Brothers Dardenne)
2006: Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)
2007: Zodiac (David Fincher)
2008: Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman) (Really difficult year here)
2009: Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino) & Un Prophete (Jacques Audiard)
2010: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
2011: The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
2012: Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg) and Amour (Michael Haneke)



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