Cannes ’68: Cinema in Revolt
When the 1968 edition of the Cannes Film Festival opened amid widespread civil unrest, filmmakers began pulling their movies from the schedule in solidarity with the workers and students protesting across France. This series gathers select titles from the year’s official lineup, alongside a scene-setting introduction by film historian Dudley Andrew. Decide for yourself which film should have won the never-presented Palme d’Or: Carlos Saura’s PEPPERMINT FRAPPÉ, Jan Němec’s A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND GUESTS, Jiří Menzel’s CAPRICIOUS SUMMER, Kaneto Shindo’s KURONEKO, or Miloš Forman’s THE FIREMEN’S BALL. Also included in our series is Federico Fellini’s TOBY DAMMIT, which was set to screen that year out of competition.
Introducing Cannes ’68
In this 2018 piece, film historian Dudley Andrew explains the situation which lead to the cancellation of the Cannes Film Festival in 1968.
A Report on the Party and Guests
Directed by Jan Němec • 1966 • Czechoslovakia
In Jan Němec's surreal fable, a picnic is rudely transformed into a lesson in political hierarchy when a handful of mysterious authority figures show up. This allegory about oppression and conformity was banned in its home country but became an inter...
Directed by Carlos Saura • 1967 • Spain
Starring Geraldine Chaplin, José Luis López Vázquez, Alfredo Mayo
The first of Carlos Saura’s many collaborations with Geraldine Chaplin is a darkly comic psychological thriller that casts the actor in a VERTIGO-esque double role as both the glamorous, una...
The Firemen’s Ball
Directed by Miloš Forman • 1967 • Czechoslovakia
Starring Jan Vostrcil, Josef Šebánek, František Reinstein
A milestone of the Czech New Wave, Miloš Forman’s first color film THE FIREMEN’S BALL is both a dazzling comedy and a provocative political satire. A hilarious saga of good intentions confo...
Directed by Jiří Menzel • 1968 • Czechoslovakia
Two years after his worldwide hit CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS, Jiří Menzel directed this amusing idyll about three middle-aged men whose mellow summer is interrupted by the arrival of a circus performer and his beautiful assistant. A meditation on agi...
Directed by Federico Fellini • 1968 • Italy
Federico Fellini’s loose adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Never Bet the Devil Your Head” stars Terence Stamp as an alcoholic actor who suffers from disturbing visions.
Directed by Kaneto Shindo • 1968 • Japan
In this poetic and atmospheric horror fable, set in a village in war-torn medieval Japan, a malevolent spirit has been ripping out the throats of itinerant samurai. When a military hero is sent to dispatch the unseen force, he finds that he must struggle ...