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Jurors: André Maurois (president), Jean Cocteau, Dolores del Rio, Maurice Genevoix, Georges Huisman, Maurice Lehmann, Marcel Pagnol, Michael Powell, Jules Romains, George Stevens, Vladimir Volchek

Palme d'Or:Friendly Persusasion, USA, dir. William Wyler
Grand Jury Prize:Kanal, Poland, dir. Andrzej Wajda
The Seventh Seal, Sweden, dir. Ingmar Bergman
Jury Prize:The Forty-First, USSR, dir. Grigoriy Chukhrai
Gotoma the Buddha, India, dir. Rajbans Khanna
Best Director:A Man Escaped, France, Robert Bresson
Best Actress:Nights of Cabiria, Giulietta Masina
Best Actor:Valley of Peace, John Kitzmiller

Competition Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
My Palme d'Or
The Seventh Seal (Sweden, dir. Ingmar Bergman) - Remarkably rangy in tone and style, despite its rep for lugubrious solemnity. Daring, handsome, wholly indelible.

The Forty-First (USSR, dir. Grigoriy Chukhrai) - Ballad of a Soldier's Chukhrai stages a richly shot Swept Away on Aral Sea between elite soldier and bolshy sniper.

Friendly Persuasion (USA, dir. William Wyler) - Wyler tries to Miniver up some Indiana Quakers as Rebels encroach. Recalls better work everyone did elsewhere.

Sidebar Selections I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
Around the World in 80 Days (Out of Competition: USA, dir. Michael Anderson) - Bloated, weightless, tedious, and rickety even by the inconsistent standards of the Best Picture Oscar.

Competition Films I'm Curious to See:
Ranked in order of interest; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
Nights of Cabiria, Italy, dir. Federico Fellini
Funny Face, USA, dir. Stanley Donen
A Man Escaped, France, dir. Robert Bresson
Kanal, Poland, dir. Andrzej Wajda
Valley of Peace, Yugoslavia, dir. Franc Stiglic
Faustina, Spain, dir. José Luis Sáenz de Heredia
Gotoma the Buddha, India, dir. Rajbans Khanna
Don Quixote, USSR, dir. Grigoriy Kozintsev
The Bachelor Party, USA, dir. Delbert Mann
High Tide at Noon, UK, dir. Philip Leacock
Sissi: The Young Empress, Austria, dir. Ernst Marischka
He Who Must Die, USA, dir. Jules Dassin
Shiroi sanmyaku, Japan, dir. Sadao Imamura
Earth, Bulgaria, dir. Zahari Zhandov
Battle Hell, UK, dir. Michael Anderson

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