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Palme d'Or Winners
this post is part of Thursday Movie Picks, a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves
[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or this week’s Thursday Movie Picks I’m choosing to interpret Cannes Favourites as the movies I most want to see, because if this were Palme d’Or winners that I love, I’d just ended up talking about movies like Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, Brief Encounter, etc. And I’ve written enough about those for now! So here we are, with a list of movies that I so want and need to watch as soon as possible. I think I’d love all of them, so if you’ve seen any of the following five films, let me know what you think! Movies are in order of release.

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Cannes Palme d’Or Winners That I Need to See

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Honourable Mentions: Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989), The Wages of Fear (1953), and Wild at Heart (1990)

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Palme d'Or Winners: The Third Man (1949)
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05. The Third Man (1949)

directed by Carol Reed
starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten and Alida Valli

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

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Palme d'Or Winners: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
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04. Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964)

directed by Jacques Demy
starring Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo and Anne Vernon

A young woman separated from her lover by war faces a life-altering decision.

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Palme d'Or Winners: Blow-Up (1966)
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03. Blow-Up (1966)

directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
starring David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave and Sarah Miles

A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken
of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park.

See Also
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

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Palme d'Or Winners: The Conversation (1974)
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02. The Conversation (1974)

directed by Francis Ford Coppola
starring Gene Hackman, John Cazale and Allen Garfield

A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple,
on whom he is spying, will be murdered.

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Palme d'Or Winners: Paris, Texas (1984)
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01. Paris, Texas (1984)

directed by Wim Wenders
starring Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski and Dean Stockwell

Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years,
wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family.

If you’ve seen any of these movies, let me know what you think of them! What are some Palme d’Or winners that YOU need to see?
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  • I’ve seen all of the ones you’ve mentioned as here’s a current list of the Palme d’Or winners I’ve seen so far as I have two more to watch for my marathon which is happening right now.

  • I’ve seen all of these except Paris, Texas. They are by and large a worthy bunch though to be honest I hated The Conversation however I’m in the minority on that. Blow-Up was fine, very much of its time but well acted and interesting. The Third Man is a wonderful noir but the one I’d say to get to first is The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. That is a great, totally unique film that will wrap you in its spell right from the first scene.

    If you haven’t seen these three I’d also recommend them. They are very different from each other but all worthy.

    Union Pacific (1939)-As the Union Pacific Railroad stretches westward across the wilderness toward California corrupt banker Asa Barrows (Henry Kolker) hopes to profit from obstructing it. Troubleshooter Jeff Butler (Joel McCrea) has his hands full fighting Barrows’ agent, gambler Sid Campeau (Brian Donlevy) and his partner Dick Allen (Robert Preston) who was Jeff’s war buddy and rival suitor for engineer’s daughter Molly Monahan (Barbara Stanwyck). Rivalries escalate until a fateful showdown set piece. Big rollicking Cecil B. DeMille directed adventure was the winner of the first Palme D’Or.

    Rome Open City (1945)-In Nazi occupied Rome regulations have been somewhat relaxed so the inhabitants can move freely during daylight but danger still lurks everywhere as food is rationed, curfews enforced and resistance fighters rigorously hunted. This focuses on the search for one freedom fighter and the people working to help him. Directed by Roberto Rossellini with a fierce lead performance from Anna Magnani this was the leader in the birth of the neo-realism movement. It won the Grand Prize of the Cannes Film Festival in 1946.

    Cranes Are Flying (1957)-In Moscow as the winds of World War II approach young lovers Veronika (Tatyana Samoylova) and Boris (Aleksey Batalov) watch the cranes fly overhead and promise to rendezvous before Boris leaves to fight. Boris misses the meeting and is off to the front lines, while Veronika waits patiently, sending letters faithfully. After her house is bombed, Veronika moves in with Boris’ family and seeming safety. But Boris’s cousin Mark has darker intentions and as the war rages sorrow spreads in all directions. Winner of the 1958 Cannes Grand Prize.

    • I haven’t seen any of your picks but Rome Open City sounds especially good. I’ll start with The Umbrellas, then, definitely sounds unique ☺️

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