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1970 Cannes Film Festival

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Opening film
Les Choses de la vie


Cannes, France

Palme d'Or (MASH)

1970 Cannes Film Festival

Closing film
Le Bal du Comte d'Orgel

Number of films
25 (In Competition) 8 (Out of Competition) 12 (Short Film)

The 1970 Cannes Film Festival was the 23rd competition. This year, Robert Favre LeBret, the founder of the festival, decided not to include any films from Russia and Japan (their flags were missing on the Croisette). He was tired of the "Slavic spectacles and Japanese samurai flicks." The Russians took back their juror Sergei Obraztsov (head of Moscow puppet theater) and left the jury panel with only eight members.


The Palme d'Or went to the MASH by Robert Altman. The festival opened with Les Choses de la vie, directed by Claude Sautet and closed with Le Bal du Comte d'Orgel, directed by Marc Allégret.


  • President: Miguel Ángel Asturias (Ambassador from Guatemala to France, 1967 Nobel Prize winner)
  • Guglielmo Biraghi (Italian critic)
  • Kirk Douglas (American actor)
  • Christine Gouze-Rénal (French lady producer)
  • Vojtěch Jasný (Czech director)
  • Félicien Marceau (playwright)
  • Sergey Obraztsov
  • Karel Reisz (British filmmaker)
  • Volker Schlöndorff (German filmmaker)
  • Feature film competition

  • Al-Ard - Youssef Chahine
  • Azyllo Muito Louco - Nelson Pereira dos Santos
  • The Buttercup Chain - Robert Ellis Miller
  • Les Choses de la vie - Claude Sautet
  • Le dernier saut - Édouard Luntz
  • Don Segundo Sombra - Manuel Antín
  • Dramma della gelosia - tutti i particolari in cronaca - Ettore Scola
  • Élise ou la vraie vie - Michel Drach
  • Harry Munter - Kjell Grede
  • Hoa-Binh - Raoul Coutard
  • Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto - Elio Petri
  • Krajobraz po bitwie - Andrzej Wajda
  • Leo the Last - John Boorman
  • Magasiskola - István Gaál
  • Malatesta - Peter Lilienthal
  • MASH - Robert Altman
  • Metello - Mauro Bolognini
  • Ovoce stromu rajských jíme - Věra Chytilová
  • O Palácio dos Anjos - Walter Hugo Khouri
  • The Strawberry Statement - Stuart Hagmann
  • Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon - Otto Preminger
  • Ha-Timhoni - Dan Wolman
  • I tulipani di Haarlem - Franco Brusati
  • Une si simple histoire - Abdellatif Ben Ammar
  • ¡Vivan los novios! - Luis García Berlanga
  • Films out of competition

  • Le Bal du Comte d'Orgel by Marc Allégret
  • Le territoire des autres by Gérard Vienne, Jacqueline Lecompte, Michel Fano, François Bel
  • Mictlan o la casa de los que ya no son by Raúl Kamffer
  • The Virgin and the Gypsy by Christopher Miles
  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They? by Sydney Pollack
  • Tristana by Luis Buñuel
  • Voyage Chez Les Vivants by Henry Brandt
  • Woodstock by Michael Wadleigh
  • Winners

  • Palme d'Or: MASH by Robert Altman
  • Grand Prix: Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto by Elio Petri
  • Jury Prize (Tied as the jury was bitterly divided with half of its members wanting the film to receive the Golden Palm):
  • Magasiskola - István Gaál
  • The Strawberry Statement - Stuart Hagmann
  • Best Actor: Marcello Mastroianni for Dramma della gelosia - tutti i particolari in cronaca
  • Best Actress: Ottavia Piccolo for Metello
  • Best Director: John Boorman for Leo the Last
  • Best First Work: Hoa-Binh by Raoul Coutard
  • Short Film Palme d'Or: The Magic Machines by Bob Curtis
  • Special Mention Best Short Film: Et Salammbo? by Jean-Pierre Richard
  • Technical Grand Prize: Le Territoire des autres by François Bel
  • FIPRESCI Prize: Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto by Elio Petri
  • References

    1970 Cannes Film Festival Wikipedia

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