The 26th Cannes film Festival drew to a close on Friday (May 20) as Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida presented the Grand Prix and other prizes at a gala in the Cannes Festival Palace.
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SV Princess Grace & Alfred Hitchcock
CU Gina Lollobrigida entering
SV People in foyer watching
GV Gina Lollobrigida presents prize to Hill
CU Announcer PULL BACK TO Tarkovski shaking hands with Gina and presented with Prize
SV Other recipients applaud
CU Hitchcock shakes hands with Gina
SV Italians Petri and Rossi on stage to greet Gina
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Background: The 26th Cannes film Festival drew to a close on Friday (May 20) as Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida presented the Grand Prix and other prizes at a gala in the Cannes Festival Palace.
Two Italian films--the "Mattei Affair" by Francesco Rossi and "The Working Class goes to Heaven" by Elio Petri shared the Grand Prix with special jury mention going to both the directors and Italian actor Gian Maria Volonte for his role in both of them.
The British actress Sussanah York won the best actress award for her role in the first-ever Irish entry, "Images" by Robert Altman.
The special Jury Prize--second only in importance to the Grand Prix--went to the Russian film "Solaris", a science-fiction work directed by Andrei Tarkevski as an answer to Stanloy Kubrik's "200I Space Ody???y". "Solaris" points out that whatever Man's failings, he is still superior to the machines at his command.
The jury prize went to one of four American entries, "Slaughterhouse Five" by George Roy Hill.
SYNOPSIS: In France, the Cannes Film Festival drew to a close on Friday with a prize-giving gala attended by Princess Grace of Monaco, seen arriving with Alfred Hitchcock, in whose film "Rear Window", she won her first Academy Award.
Gina Lollobrigida, the Italian actress, was on hand to present the prizes, which given winning films a big publicity boost and usually ensure their success financially.
The Festival's Jury Prize went to George Hill, who directed the film "Slaughterhouse Five"...And Susannah York won the "Best Actress" award. But she wasn't there to collect it--and heard the honour in a London clinic where she's just given birth to a daughter.
The Special Jury Prize...second only to the Grand Prix...was awards??? Andrei Tarkovski, a Russian director. His film, "Solaris" ??? science-fiction work which cla??? that Man is always superior to machines whatever his failings. And as such, Tarkovski's film has been called an answer to Stanley Kubrik's Space odyssey. ("Two-thousand-and one").
Alfred Hitchcock was in Cannes to publicise his latest film "Frenzy" But there were no prizes for him this year. And the big award--the Grand Prix--was shared by two Italian directors. Francesco Rossi was honoured for his film "The Working Class Goes to Heaven"... while Elio Petri won his award for a film called the "Mattei Affair".