Palme D’or Winners – Top 5 (Courier #18)

28 Mar

5) The Tree of Life

This Palme d’Or winner was the marmite of 2011 cinema. Many hated it for being it for being too pretentious and abstract but for many others, myself included, it showed Terrence Malick was back to his best. Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain are brilliant and this is the perfect arty film that Cannes appreciates.

4) Brief Encounter

This classic from the acclaimed British director David Lean, won the award way back in 1946. A wonderfully, British film which is filmed beautifully in black and white; this sets the bar high for Lean films and he didn’t disappoint with his follow-ups such as Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago.

3) The Pianist

Powerful, emotional and an utterly unforgettable film. Adrien Brody is incredible as a Polish Jew living in Warsaw during the Nazi invasion and subsequent ghettoisation of the city. His struggle to survive coupled with the beautiful piano music creates a worthy entry into the vast canon of WWII films.

 2) Apocalypse Now

The definitive Vietnam film has inspired many more thanks to its sheer brilliance, quotable lines and the infamous ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ helicopter scene. Francis Ford Coppola hit the mark again just a few years after the first two Godfather films even with an overweight Marlon Brando causing radical changes to the ending.

 1) Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino’s most famous film and one of his earliest is one of the most popular films of all time. Its witty, quotable script, dazzling cast and general slickness all round make this a real crowd pleaser and one of the coolest films to win the revered Palme d’Or award.


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