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Jurors: Maurice Genevoix (president), Tony Aubin, Madame Georges Bidault, Pierre Billon, Chapelain-Midy, Louis Chauvet, Evrard De Rouvre, Guy Desson, Gabrielle Dorziat, Jean Dréville, Jacques-Pierre Frogerais, André Lang, Jean Mineur, Raymond Queneau, Georges Raguis, Charles Vildrac
 

 
Palme d'Or:Othello, USA/Morocco, dir. Orson Welles
Two Cents' Worth of Hope, Italy, dir. Renato Castellani
Grand Jury Prize:We Are All Murderers, France, dir. André Cayatte
Jury Prize:The Medium, Italy, dir. Gian Carlo Menotti
Best Director:Fanfan La Tulipe, Cristian-Jaque
Best Actress:Detective Story, Lee Grant
Best Actor:Viva Zapata!, Marlon Brando
Best Screenplay:Cops and Robbers, Pietro Tellini
Technical Grand Prize:The Immortal Song, Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram
OCIC Award: Two Cents' Worth of Hope, Italy, dir. Renato Castellani



Competition Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
 
My Palme d'Or
An American in Paris (USA, dir. Vincente Minnelli) - Light and aimless compared to upcoming Freed musicals, but these are virtues as well as demerits. Enjoyable.

Othello (USA/Morocco, dir. Orson Welles) - Striking, adventurous shots but destructively fast-paced edits, with no tragic accumulation and too few character insights.

Viva Zapata! (USA, dir. Elia Kazan) - Preposterous feint at "Mexican" idiom in some respects but political impetus feels earnest and Brando fins some truth.

Umberto D. (Italy, dir. Vittorio De Sica) - Historical importance, social value easy to admire but film leans much harder than Bicycle Thieves on maudlin sentiment.

Detective Story (USA, dir. William Wyler) - Episodic drama barely makes a case for its own plot. Decent, but only a few actors elevate it, Bendix especially.



Competition Films I'm Curious to See:
Ranked in order of interest; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
 
Two Cents' Worth of Hope, Italy, dir. Renato Castellani
Tale of Genji, Japan, dir. Kôzaburô Yoshimura
Mexican Bus Ride, Mexico, dir. Luis Buñuel
The Medium, US/Italy, dir. Gian Carlo Menotti
The Overcoat, Italy, dir. Alberto Lattuada
The Immortal Song, India, dir. Rajaram Vankudre Shantaram
Cry, the Beloved Country, UK/South Africa, dir. Zoltan Korda
Fanfan La Tulipe, France, dir. Cristian-Jaque
Cops and Robbers, Italy, dir. Mario Monicelli



Sidebar Films I'm Curious to See:
Listed alphabetically; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
 
Out of Competition: The Crimson Curtain, France, dir. Alexandre Astruc

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