Magazine article Variety

Cannes Archetype: L'enfant Terrible

Magazine article Variety

Cannes Archetype: L'enfant Terrible

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It's hard to say which director was the first to behave badly at Cannes. Perhaps it was Fellini, scalping tickets for "La dolce vita" back in 1960?

What is known is that the kid gloves came off on May 18, 1968. That was when Gallic helmers Francois Truffaut and JeanLuc Godard boycotted the fest in solidarity with the rioting French students and union leaders who would soon bring down the De Gaulle government. Louis Malle, Roman Polanski, Milos Forman and a host of others joined in, bringing the entire proceeding to a grinding halt.

While those helmers may have had thenreasons, within a few years, poor sportsmanship became the chief reason. In '77, a post-"MASH" Robert Altman was already a Palme d'Or winner. His "3 Women" was in Competition and his longtime supporter, reviewer Pauline Kael, was on the jury. Lead Shelley Duvall won the actress kudo, but that wasn't quite enough for Altman, who bumped into Kael at the airport on his way out of town. …

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