Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cannes Award Winning Films

The recent 2011 Cannes winners can be seen here at IMDB, a complete list

All Seventy-Eight Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Winners

1939 Union Pacific  U.S. Director Cecil B. DeMille

1946 Torment Sweden Director Alf Sjöberg
1946 Lost Weekend U.S. Director Billy Wilder
1946 The Red Earth Hungary Director Bodil Ipsen & Lau Jr. Lauritzen
1946 Lowly City India Director Chetan Anand
1946 Brief Encounter U.K. Director David Lean
1946 Maria Candelaria Mexico Director Emilio Fernandez
1946 The Turning Point U.S.S.R. Director Fridrikh Markovitch Ermler
1946 La Symphonie Pastorale France Director Jean Delannoy
1946 The Last Chance Switzerland Director Leopold Lintberg
1946 Men Without Wings France Director M. Cap
1946 Open City Italy Director Roberto Rossellini

1949 The Third Man U.K. Director Carol Reed

1951 Miss Julie Sweden Director Alf Sjöberg
1951 Miracle in Milan Italy Director Vittorio De Sica
1952 Othello U.S. Director Orson Welles
1952 Two Cents Worth of Hope Italy Director Renato Castellani
1953 The Wages of Fear France Director Henri-Georges Clouzot
1954 Gate of Hell Japan Director Teinosuke Kinugasa
1955 Marty U.S. Director Delbert Mann
1956 The Silent World Italy/France Director Jacques-Yves Cousteau & Louis Malle
1957 Friendly Persuasion U.S. Director William Wyler
1958 The Cranes are Flying U.S.S.R. Director Mikheil Kalatozishvili
1959 Black Orpheus Brazil Director Marcel Camus
1960 La Dolce Vita Italy Director Federico Fellini
1961 The Long Absence France/Italy Director Henri Colpi

1961 Viridiana Spain Director Luis Buñuel
1962 Keeper of Promises Brazil/Portugal Director Anselmo Duarte
1963 The Leopard Italy Director Luchino Visconti
1964 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg France Director Jacques Demy
1965 The Knack U.K. Director Richard Lester
1966 A Man and a Woman  France Director Claude Lelouch
1966 The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians  Italy/France Director Pietro Germi
1967 Blow-Up  U.K./Italy Director Michelangelo Antonioni
1969 If . . . .  U.K. Director Lindsay Anderson
1970 M*A*S*H  U.S. Director Robert Altman
1971 The Go-Between  U.K. Director Joseph Losey
1972 The Working Class Goes to Heaven  Italy Director Elio Petri
1972 The Mattei Affair  Italy Director Francesco Rosi
1973 The Mistake  U.K. Director Alan Bridges
1973 Scarecrow  U.S. Director Jerry Schatzberg
1974 The Conversation  U.S. Director Francis Ford Coppola
1975 Chronicle of the Years of Fire  Algeria Director Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina
1976 Taxi Driver  U.S. Director Martin Scorsese
1977 Padre Padrone  Italy Director Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
1978 Tree of the Wooden Clogs  Italy/France Director Ermanno Olmi
1979 Apocalypse Now  U.S. Director Francis Ford Coppola
1979 The Tin Drum  Germany Director Volker Schlöndorff
1980 All That Jazz  U.S. Director Bob Fosse

1980 Kagemusha  Japan Director Akira Kurosawa
1981 The Man of Iron  Poland Director Andrzej Wajda
1982 Missing  U.S. Director Costa-Gavras
1982 Yol  Turkey Director Yilmaz Güney
1983 The Ballad of Nurayama  Japan Director Shohei Imamura
1984 Paris, Texas  France/W. Germany Director Wim Wenders
1985 When Father Was Away on Business  Yugoslavia Director Emir Kusturica
1986 The Mission  U.K. Director Roland Joffé
1987 Under the Sun of Satan  France Director Maurice Pialat
1988 Pelle the Conqueror  Denmark/Sweden Director Bille August
1989 Sex, Lies and Videotape  U.S. Director Steven Soderbergh
1990 Wild at Heart  U.S. Director David Lynch
1991 Barton Fink  U.S. Director Ethan & Joel Cohen
1992 The Best Intentions  Sweden Director Bille August
1993 Farewell My Concubine  China Director Chen Kaige
1993 The Piano  New Zealand Director Jane Campion
1994 Pulp Fiction  U.S. Director Quentin Tarantino
1995 Underground  Yugoslavia Director Emir Kusturica
1996 Secrets and Lies  U.K. Director Mike Leigh
1997 Taste of Cherry  Iran Director Abbas Kiarostami
1997 The Eel  Japan Director Shohei Imamura
1998 Eternity and a Day  Greece Director Theo Angelopoulos
1999 Rosetta  Belgium/France Director Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
2000 Dancer in the Dark  Denmark Director Lars von Trier
2001 The Son's Room  Italy Director Nanni Moretti
2002 The Pianist  France/Germany/U.K. Director Roman Polanski
2003 Elephant  U.S. Director Gus Van Sant
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11  U.S. Director Michael Moore
2005 The ChildBelgium Director Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
2006 The Wind that Shakes the Barley  U.K. Director Ken Loach
2007 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days  Romania Director Christian Mungiu
2008 The Class  France Director Laurent Cantet
2009 The White Ribbon  Germany Director Michael Haneke
2010 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives  Thailand Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul
2011 The Tree of Life  U.S. Director Terrence Malick

Double Winners:
Alf Sjöberg: 1946, 1951
Francis Ford Coppola: 1974, 1979
Shohei Imamura: 1983, 1997
Emir Kusturica: 1985, 1995
Billie August: 1988, 1992
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne: 1999, 2005

[Note: those from multiple countries were listed within each country]

U.S. Winners (19)
1939 Union Pacific (Cecil B. DeMille)
1946 Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder)
1952 Othello (Orson Welles)
1955 Marty (Delbert Mann)
1957 Friendly Persuasion (William Wyler)
1970 M*A*S*H (Robert Altman)
1973 Scarecrow (Jerry Schatzberg)
1974 The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola)
1976 Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
1979 Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
1980 All That Jazz (Bob Fosse)
1982 Missing (Costa-Gavras)
1989 Sex, Lies and Videotape (Steven Soderbergh)
1990 Wild at Heart (David Lynch)
1991 Barton Fink (Ethan & Joel Cohen)
1994 Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
2003 Elephant (Gus Van Sant)
2004 Fahrenheit 9/11(Michael Moore)
2010 The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)

U.K. Winners (9)
1946 Brief Encounter (David Lean)
1949 The Third Man (Carol Reed)
1965 The Knack (Richard Lester)
1967 Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni)
1969 If . . . . (Lindsay Anderson)
1971 The Go-Between (Joseph Losey)
1973 The Mistake (Alan Bridges)
1986 The Mission (Roland Joffé)
1996 Secrets and Lies (Mike Leigh)
2002 The Pianist (Roman Polanski)
2006 The Wind that Shakes the Barley (Ken Loach)

France (13)
1946 La Symphonie Pastorale (Jean Delannoy)
1946 Men Without Wings (M. Cap)
1953 The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
1956 The Silent World (Jacques-Yves Cousteau & Louis Malle)
1961 The Long Absence (Director Henri Colpi)
1964 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy)
1966 A Man and a Woman (Claude Lelouch)
1966 The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians (Pietro Germi)
1978 Tree of the Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi)
1987 Under the Sun of Satan (Maurice Pialat)
1999 Rosetta (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne)
2002 The Pianist (Roman Polanski)
2008 The Class (Laurent Cantet)

Italy (14)
1946 Open City (Roberto Rossellini)
1951 Miracle in Milan (Vittorio De Sica)
1952 Two Cents Worth of Hope (Renato Castellani)
1956 The Silent World (Jacques-Yves Cousteau & Louis Malle)
1960 La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
1961 The Long Absence (Henri Colpi)
1963 The Leopard (Luchino Visconti)
1966 The Birds, the Bees, and the Italians (Pietro Germi)
1967 Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni)
1972 The Working Class Goes to Heaven (Elio Petri)
1972 The Mattei Affair (Francesco Rosi)
1977 Padre Padrone (Paolo & Vittorio Taviani)
1978 Tree of the Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi)
2001 The Son's Room (Nanni Moretti)


1979 The Tin Drum Director Volker Schlöndorff
1984 Paris, Texas Director Wim Wenders
2002 The Pianist Director Roman Polanski
2009 The White Ribbon Director Michael Haneke

1946 Torment  Director Alf Sjöberg
1951 Miss Julie  Director Alf Sjöberg
1988 Pelle the Conqueror Director Bille August
1992 The Best Intentions  Director Bille August

1988 Pelle the Conqueror  Director Bille August
2000 Dancer in the Dark  Director Lars von Trier

1946 The Turning Point  Director Fridrikh Markovitch

1958 The Cranes are Flying  Director Mikheil Kalatozishvili

1946 The Red Earth   Director Bodil Ipsen & Lau Jr. Lauritzen

1946 The Last Chance  Director Leopold Lintberg

1961 Viridiana  Director Luis Buñuel

1962 Keeper of Promises  Director Anselmo Duarte

1999 Rosetta  Director Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
2005 The Child   Director Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

1981 The Man of Iron   Director Andrzej Wajda

1985 When Father Was Away on Business   Director Emir Kusturica
1995 Underground   Director Emir Kusturica (the nearly incessant brass band music in this film nearly drove me insane.. watch at your own risk!)

1998 Eternity and a Day   Director Theo Angelopoulos

2007 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days  Director Christian Mungiu

- ASIA -

1982 Yol   Director Yilmaz Güney

1997 Taste of Cherry   Director Abbas Kiarostami

1946 Lowly City Director Chetan Anand

1954 Gate of Hell   Director Teinosuke Kinugasa
1980 Kagemusha   Director Akira Kurosawa
1983 The Ballad of Nurayama   Director Shohei Imamura
1997 The Eel   Director Shohei Imamura

1993 Farewell My Concubine   Director Chen Kaige [only one Chinese film among the winners is a travesty! this is a good one, there are 25 more this good - viewers should also check out Zhang Yimou's epic multigeneration story of a family To Live (1994), a winner for best actor at Cannes]

2010 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul


1959 Black Orpheus  Director Marcel Camus
1962 Keeper of Promises  Director Anselmo Duarte

1975 Chronicle of the Years of Fire  Director Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina

1993 The Piano  Director Jane Campion

1946 Maria Candelaria Director Emilio Fernandez

Monday, June 7, 2010

A Great Year in Films: 2008

Make no mistake, 2008 was one of the best years ever in total number of quality films released. These are the 33 films from that year that we’ve reviewed thus far [06.10.11], each links to our review at 1000 Dvds to See.

These are all worth seeing, and the Oscars® should have been expanded to 10 best films in 2008 (2009 was too late), because those left off the ballot for picture (In Bruges, The Visitor, Wall-E, The Dark Knight, Gran Torino, A Wednesday, Star Trek, Revolutionary Road) were as good as those nominated (Benjamin Button, Frost-Nixon, Milk, The Reader, Slumdog Millionaire).

If you include John Adams for tv, there were also some great documentaries: The Memory Loss Tapes (for HBO), Where In the World Is Osama Bin Laden?, and Man on Wire, and docudramas: Che, Milk, Frost-Nixon, Valkyrie. This was a great year for non-fiction.

A Wednesday (2008) India
The Assassination of Jesse James (2008)
Australia (2008)
Che (2008)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Defiance (2008)
Departures (2008) Japan
Eagle Eye (2008)
The Fountain (2008)
Frost-Nixon (2008)
Gran Torino (2008)
In Bruges (2008)
Iron Man (2008)
John Adams (2008, tv)
Man On Wire (2008)
The Memory Loss Tapes (2008, tv)
Milk (2008)
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
The Reader (2008)
Red Cliff (2008) China
Revolutionary Road (2008)
The Sleeping Dogs Lie (2008)
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Star Trek (2008)
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Valkyrie (2008)
Vantage Point (2008)
Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008)
The Visitor (2008)
W. (2008)
Wall-E (2008)
Where In the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)
The Wrestler (2008)

My favorites for 2008, my top 15:

(1) Wall-E
(2) Departures (Japan)
(3) In Bruges
(4) Slumdog Millionaire
(5) Gran Torino
(6) A Wednesday
(7) The Visitor
(8) Star Trek
(9) John Adams
(10) Revolutionary Road
(11) The Dark Knight
(12) The Fountain
(13) Milk
(14) The Memory Loss Tapes
(15) The Reader
(16) Vicky Christina Barcelona