Cannes Film Festival Winners: Star Studded Movies with Mainstream Appeal
Cannes Film Festival winners are some of the most memorable in cinema history and where many in Hollywood come to schmooze and promote their latest big projects. The paparazzi love events like this to capture numerous celebrities like Brad Pitt with Angelina Jolie and their school bus full of children. Like any competition, many movies enter to win the Cannes Film Festival year after year as if it were a beauty pageant as the press hypes these prestigious awards such as the Palme d'Or. The glitz and glamor of the event flows through France like a river as fans and the Hollywood elite cannot resist its charm.. These winners of the Cannes Film Festival celebrate why people love about the movies.
"La Dolce Vita." Federico Fellini's film revolves around a journalist's week in Rome who quests for both love and happiness in his troubled life. Thankfully he didn't live long enough to see how bad the publishing business is right now. The Italian director's masterpiece was an entrant in the Cannes Film Festival in 1960 and won the famed Palme d'Or as well as critical acclaim for his transition from neo-realist to a more artistic style.
"M*A*S*H." Robert Altman's dark comedic spin on the Korean War based on the novel by Richard Hooker of the same name that inspired the long running TV show. Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland play two surgeons, Captains "Trapper John" McIntyre and "Hawkeye" Pierce who bring humor to the harsh reality around them. The unique mix of comedy and war drama won the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or in 1970.
"Taxi Driver." Martin Scorsese compelling drama featured mainstay Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle, a disturbed, lonely man who struggles as a night shift taxi driver. His violent outrage would make the Punisher blush when he encounters a young Jodi Foster as a underage prostitute whom he tries to save from her pimp. Their anti-hero epic was a winner in the 1976 Cannes Film Festival for the Palme d'Or as well as have the most quotable line "You talkin' to me?"
"The Piano." Jane Campion directed this erotic love story of a deaf woman and her daughter who travel to New Zealand for a new life that is as eventful as watching grass grow in the forest. Holly Hunter's Ada McGrath falls for a local in Harvey Keitel's George Baines and they begin a dangerous affair that enrages her husband. This Cannes Film Festival entrant became a winner of the Palme d'Or in 1993 and introduced the world to a young Anna Paquin.
"Pulp Fiction." Quentin Tarantino's classic crime drama resurrected John Travolta's near comatose career as well as spring boarded Samuel L. Jakckson's as the pinnacle of cool. The scrambled timeline did not take away the epic awesomeness of this little slice of gangsters, molls and a mysterious glowing suitcase. Cannes Film Festival noticed and made his film the winner of the 1994 Palme d'Or and gave people more quotable lines than a Shakespearean tragedy.