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Jurors: Miguel Ángel Asturias (president), Guglielmo Biraghi, Kirk Douglas, Christine Gouze-Rénal, Vojtech Jasny, Félicien Marceau, Sergei Obraztsov, Karel Reisz, Volker Schlöndorff

Palme d'Or:MASH, USA, dir. Robert Altman
Grand Jury Prize:Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, Italy, dir. Elio Petri
Jury Prize:Magasiskola, Hungary, dir. István Gaál
The Strawberry Statement, USA, dir. Stuart Hagmann
Best Director:Leo the Last, John Boorman
Best Actress:Metello, Ottavio Piccolo
Best Actor:Jealousy, Italian Style, Marcello Mastroianni
Technical Grand Prize:The Territory of Others, François Bel
    Critics Prize:
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, Italy, dir. Elio Petri
Camera d'Or (first feature): Hòa-Bình, France, dir. Raoul Coutard

Competition Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
My Palme d'Or
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Italy, dir. Elio Petri) - Crime thriller sports political resonance, a sheen of satire, and lushly sensuous appeal

MASH (USA, dir. Robert Altman) - Methodic madness, balancing farce and sorrow, even if some anecdotes play better than others. Key step to even better Altman.

Hòa-Bình (France, dir. Raoul Coutard) - No surprise radical lefties balked, but "cute kids in peril" is a short-sell of Coutard's rich humanism and deft montage.

The Strawberry Statement (USA, dir. Stuart Hagmann) - Police-raid finale is a stomach-turning showstopper, but treated too much as one. Build-up mostly a mess.

Sidebar Selections I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (Out of Competition: USA, dir. Sydney Pollack) - Histrionics are a risk but sheer emotional impact, ferocious construction, vivid characters all stun

Tristana (Out of Competition: Spain, dir. Luis Buñuel) - Despite bold edits and camera's seductive finesse, movie's key virtues are novelistic. Even drier passages evince layers.

Woodstock (Out of Competition: USA, dir. Michael Wadleigh) - Compelling synthesis of direct cinema and hippie ethos as 60s pivot into 70s. Still, context lags behind music and myth.

Competition Films I'm Curious to See:
Ranked in order of interest; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
The Land, Egypt, dir. Youssef Chahine
Landscape After Battle, Poland, dir. Andrzej Wajda
Fruit of Paradise, Czechoslovakia, dir. Vera Chytilová
Les Choses de la vie, France, dir. Claude Sautet
Metello, Italy, dir. Mauro Bolognini
Leo the Last, UK, dir. John Boorman
Magasiskola, Hungary, dir. István Gáal
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, USA, dir. Otto Preminger
Jealousy, Italian Style, Italy, dir. Ettore Scola
Harry Munter, Sweden, dir. Kjell Grede
The Buttercup Chain, UK, dir. Robert Ellis Miller

Also in Competition: The Alienist, Brazil, dir. Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Don Segundo Sombra, Argentina, dir. Manuel Antin
The Dreamer, Israel, dir. Dan Wolman
Elise, or Real Life, France, dir. Michel Drach
Last Leap, France, dir. Edouard Luntz
Long Live the Bride and Groom, Spain, dir. Luis García Berlanga
Malatesta, West Germany, dir. Peter Lilienthal
The Palace of Angels, Brazil, dir. Walter Hugo Khouri
A Simple Story, Tunisia, dir. Abdellatif Ben Ammar
Tulips of Haarlem, Italy, dir. Franco Brusati

Sidebar Films I'm Curious to See:
Listed alphabetically; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
Directors' Fortnight: À nous deux France, Côte d'Ivoire, dir. Désiré Écaré
Arthur Penn: Themes and Variants, USA, dir. Robert Hugues
Back and Forth, USA, dir. Michael Snow
Bartleby 1970, France, dir. Jean-Pierre Bastid
Bhuvan Shome, India, dir. Mrinal Sen
Bliss, France, dir. Gregory Markopoulos
The Children's Hour, Mexico, dir. Arturo Ripstein
Crystal Structure, Poland, dir. Krzysztof Zanussi
Don Giovanni, Italy, dir. Carmelo Bene
Eika Katappa, West Germany, dir. Werner Schroeter
End of the Road, USA, dir. Aram Avakian
Even Dwarves Started Small, West Germany, dir. Werner Herzog
Give God a Chance on Sunday, Denmark, dir. Henrik Stangerup
How I Became a Negro, West Germany, dir. Roland Gall
The Howl, Italy, dir. Tinto Brass
The Inheritors, Brazil, dir. Carlos Diegues
Killed the Family and Went to the Movies, Brazil, dir. Júlio Bressane
A Married Couple, Canada, dir. Allan King
Othon, West Germany, dirs. Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet
Putney Swope, USA, dir. Robert Downey, Sr.
Reason Over Passion, Canada, dir. Joyce Wieland
Le Révélateur, France, dir. Philippe Garrel
Sweet Hunters, Panama, dir. Ruy Guerra
Vent d'est, France, dir. Group Dziga Vertov
The Year of the Cannibals, Italy, dir. Liliana Cavani
Critics' Week: Crows, Yugoslavia, Gohan Mihic and Ljubisa Kozomara
Ice, USA, Robert Kramer
Kes, UK, Ken Loach
Ramparts of Clay, France/Algeria, Jean-Louis Bertuccelli
The River Schooners, Canada, Pierre Perrault
Out of Competition: The Ball of Count Orgel, France, dir. Marc Allégret
The Territory of Others, France, dirs. François Bel, et al.
The Virgin and the Gypsy, UK, dir. Christopher Miles

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