Cannes Film Festival 1939-1964

With the Cannes Film Festival later this month, my lists throughout May will all be dedicated to this prestigious event. The early years of the festival were not consistent. They began in 1939 and didn’t hold their second until 1946. Not until 1951 did it become an annual event. My lists will rank the movies I’ve seen for each that were screened in competition for each year along with a grade for each and an acknowledgement for the top prize winner (known as the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film from 1939-1954 and the  Palm d’Or since) if I haven’t seen it. I’ll begin with the first 18 festivals

1939

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2. Goodbye Mr. Chips (UK) C

1. The Wizard of Oz (USA) A+

Grand Prix: Union Pacific (USA)

 

1946

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8. Anna and the King of Siam (UK) B+

7. Rhapsody in Blue (USA) B+

6. Beauty and the Beast (France) A

5. Gaslight (USA) A+

4. The Lost Weekend (USA) A+

3. Gilda (USA) A+

2. Rome, Open City (Italy) A+

1. Notorious (USA) A+

Grand Prix: 11 films were awarded including The Lost Weekend and Rome, Open City, among 45 nominees

 

1947

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2. Boomerang (USA) B

1. Dumbo (USA) A+

No Gran Prix chosen in 1947

 

1949

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1. The Third Man (UK) A+ Grand Prix Winner

 

1951

"All About Eve" Thelma Ritter, Anne Baxter 1950 20th Century Fox ** I.V.

2. A Place in the Sun (USA) A+

1. All about Eve (USA) A+

Grand Prix: TIE, Miracle in Milan (Italy) & Miss Jule (Sweden)

 

1953

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3. Indiscretion of an American Wife (Italy) C

2. Peter Pan (USA) B-

1. Lili (USA) A+

Grand Prix: The Wages of Fear (France)

 

1954

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2. From Here to Eternity (USA) D

1. Gate of Hell (Japan) B+ Grand Prix Winner

 

1955

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5. Bad Day at Black Rock (USA) C-

4. The Country Girl (USA) C+

3. Marty (USA) A- Palm d’Or Winner

2. East of Eden (USA) A+

1. Carmen Jones (USA) A+

 

1956

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3. The Harder They Fall (USA) C

2. The Man Who Knew Too Much (USA) C+

1. I’ll Cry Tomorrow (USA) A-

Palm d’Or: The Silent World (France)

 

1957

1. Funny Face (USA) D+

Palm d’or: Friendly Persuasion (USA)

 

1958

Palm d’or: The Cranes Are Flying (USSR)

 

1959

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2. Black Orpheus (France) B- Palm d’Or Winner

1. The 400 Blows (France) A

 

1960

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2. La dolce vita (Italy) Palm d’Or Winner

1. Never on Sunday (Greece) A-

 

1961

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1. A Raisin in the Sun (USA) A+

Palm d’Or: TIE, The Long Absence (France) & Viridiana (Mexico)

 

1962

Palm d’Or: The Given Promise (Brazil)

 

1963

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1. To Kill a Mockingbird (USA)

Palm d’Or: The Leopard (Italy)

 

1964

 

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2. The World of Henry Orient (USA) A

1. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (France) A+ Palm d’Or Winner

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