Brushing up on my Cannes history

So, I’ve booked my plane to France and there is a little bit more than four months until myself, Cuyler, Emma and I go to Cannes. Until them, in order to pass the time, I have a goal.
As someone who loves movie lists, I’m going to try and see every movie that has ever won the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize. Most of the movies that have won are not available on DVD so I know that the chances of this actually happening is very unlikely it gives me something to do for the next four-ish months. I mean, it’s not like I have to go to school or anything ridiculous like that.
The Palme d’Or was introduced in 1955. From 1939 to 1954 and 1964 to 1974, the highest award was the Grand Prix du Festival. To make my movie watching experience a little more interesting, I’m not being technical and including the films that won the Grand Prix. 82 films in all have won the top prize at Cannes.

So here is what I’ve already seen:

The Lost Weekend
Brief Encounter
Roma, città aperta
The Third Man
The Wages of Fear
Gate of Hell
La dolce vita
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
The Conversation
Taxi Driver
Apocalypse Now
Paris, Texis
sex, lies, and videotape
Farewell My Concubine
The Piano
Pulp Fiction
The Son’s Room
The Pianist
Fahrenheit 9/11
The Child (L’Enfant)
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

I’ve seen 27 out of 82 possible movies. Most likely I won’t see all 82 films, but there is no harm in trying. Right now, I’m most excited to see The Class, last year’s recipient of the Palme d’Or; it was just nominated for an Academy Award (Best Foreign Language Film) and will hopefully be playing at the Amherst Cinema sometime soon.

Here goes nothing…

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