The 26th Cannes Film Festival was held from 10 to 25 May 1973. The Grand Prix du Festival International du Film went to Scarecrow by Jerry Schatzberg and The Hireling by Alan Bridges. At this festival two new non-competitive sections were added: 'Étude et documents' and 'Perspectives du Cinéma Français' (which was started by the French Film Directors' Society and ran until 1991).
|Closing film||Lady Sings the Blues|
|Awards||Grand Prix du Festival|
International du Film
(Scarecrow and The Hireling)
|No. of films||24 (In Competition)|
14 (Out of Competition)
7 (Short Film)
|Festival date||10 May 1973– 25 May 1973|
The festival opened with Godspell, directed by David Greene and closed with Lady Sings the Blues, directed by Sidney J. Furie. Swastika, a documentary by Philippe Mora, got negative reactions and caused disturbance among audience by showing Adolf Hitler's daily and social life. The Holy Mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky, created controversy at the festival due to its depiction of extreme violence.
The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1973 feature film competition:
- Ingrid Bergman (Sweden) Jury President
- Jean Delannoy (France)
- Lawrence Durrell (UK)
- Rodolfo Echeverría (Mexico)
- Bolesław Michałek (Poland) (critic)
- François Nourissier (France)
- Leo Pestelli (Italy) (journalist)
- Sydney Pollack (USA)
- Robert Rozhdestvensky (Soviet Union) (author)
- Robert Enrico (France) President
- Samuel Lachize (France) (critic)
- Alexandre Marin
Official selection Edit
In competition - Feature film Edit
The following feature films competed for the Grand Prix International du Festival:
- Anna and the Wolves (Ana y los lobos) directed by Carlos Saura
- Belle directed by André Delvaux
- The Death of a Lumberjack (La Mort d'un bûcheron) directed by Gilles Carle
- The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds directed by Paul Newman
- Electra Glide in Blue directed by James William Guercio
- Fantastic Planet (La Planète sauvage) directed by René Laloux
- Far West (Le Far-West) directed by Jacques Brel
- Godspell directed by David Greene
- La Grande Bouffe directed by Marco Ferreri
- The Hireling directed by Alan Bridges
- Hospitals: The White Mafia (Bisturi, la mafia bianca) directed by Luigi Zampa
- The Hour-Glass Sanatorium (Sanatorium Pod Klepsydrą) directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has
- The Invitation (L'Invitation) directed by Claude Goretta
- Jeremy directed by Arthur Barron
- Love and Anarchy (Film d'amore e d'anarchia, ovvero: stamattina alle 10, in via dei Fiori, nella nota casa di tolleranza...) directed by Lina Wertmüller
- The Mother and the Whore (La maman et la putain) directed by Jean Eustache
- Monologue (Monolog) directed by Ilya Averbakh
- O Lucky Man! directed by Lindsay Anderson
- One Hamlet Less (Un Amleto di meno) directed by Carmelo Bene
- La otra imagen directed by Antoni Ribas
- Petőfi '73 directed by Ferenc Kardos
- Scarecrow directed by Jerry Schatzberg
- The Vows (A Promessa) directed by António de Macedo
- We Want the Colonels (Vogliamo i colonnelli) directed by Mario Monicelli
Films out of competition Edit
The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:
- Cries and Whispers (Viskningar och rop) directed by Ingmar Bergman
- Day for Night (La Nuit Américaine) directed by François Truffaut
- A Doll's House directed by Joseph Losey
- Future Shock directed by Alex Grasshoff
- The Holy Mountain directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
- Lady Sings the Blues directed by Sidney J. Furie
- Lo Païs directed by Gérard Guérin
- Olivier Messiaen et les Oiseaux directed by Michel Fano, Denise Tual
- Picasso, Peintre Du Siècle 1900-1973 directed by Lauro Venturi
- Story of a Love Story (L'Impossible Objet) directed by John Frankenheimer
- Swastika directed by Philippe Mora
- Visions of Eight directed by Miloš Forman, Claude Lelouch, Yuri Ozerov, Mai Zetterling, Kon Ichikawa, John Schlesinger, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar
- Wattstax directed by Mel Stuart
- We Can't Go Home Again directed by Nicholas Ray
Short film competition Edit
Parallel sections Edit
International Critics' Week Edit
- Le Charbonnier by Mohamed Bouamari (Algeria)
- The Water Was So Clear (Gaki zoshi) by Yoichi Takabayashi (Japan)
- Ganja & Hess by Bill Gunn (United States)
- Kashima Paradise by Yann Le Masson, Bénie Deswarte (France)
- Enough Praying (Ya no basta con rezar) by Aldo Francia (Chile)
- Vivre ensemble by Anna Karina (France)
- Non ho tempo by Ansano Giannarelli (Italy)
- Nunta de piatră by Mircea Veroiu, Dan Pita (Romania)
Directors' Fortnight Edit
- Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) by Werner Herzog (West Germany)
- The Sparrow (Al Ousfour) by Youssef Chahine (Egypt)
- All Nudity Shall Be Punished (Toda Nudez Sera Castigada) by Arnaldo Jabor (Brazil)
- Black Holiday (La villeggiatura) by Marco Leto (Italy)
- La città del sole by Gianni Amelio (Italy)
- Coup d'Etat (Kaigenrei) by Yoshishige Yoshida (Japan)
- Days of '36 (Meres tou '36) by Theo Angelopoulos (Greece)
- Desaster by Reinhard Hauff (West Germany)
- Drustvena Igra by Srdjan Karanovic (Yugoslavia)
- El Cambio by Alfredo Joskowicz (Mexico)
- Farlige Kys by Henrik Stangerup (Denmark)
- Hannibal by Xavier Koller (Switzerland)
- History Lessons (Geschichtsunterricht) by Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet (West Germany)
- Lovely Swine (Bel ordure) by Jean Marboeuf (France)
- Metamorfosis del jefe de la policía política by Helvio Soto (Chile)
- Payday by Daryl Duke (United States)
- Photography (Fotografia) by Pal Zolnay (Hungary)
- Quem é Beta? by Nelson Pereira Dos Santos (Brazil)
- Réjeanne Padovani by Denys Arcand (Canada)
- Some Call It Loving by James B. Harris (United States)
- The Sun Rises Once a Day (Słońce wschodzi raz na dzień) by Henryk Kluba (Poland)
- Touki Bouki by Djibril Diop Mambety (Senegal)
- A Season in the Life of Emmanuel (Une saison dans la vie d'Emmanuel) by Claude Weisz (France)
- La vita in gioco by Gianfranco Mingozzi (Italy)
- Wedding in White by William Fruet (Canada)
- Zwartziek by Jacob Bijl (Netherlands)
- Short films
- Ein Leben by Herbert Schramm (West Germany)
- El hombre que va a misa by Bernardo Borenholtz (Argentina)
- Ermitage by Carmelo Bene (Italy)
- Fil a fil by Christian Paureilhe (France)
- Grey City by Farshid Meshgali (Iran)
- Introduction a la musique d'accompagnement by Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet (West Germany)
- L'audition by Jean-François Dion (France)
- La version originelle by Paul Dopff (France)
- Le lapin chasseur by Thomas Lehestre (France)
- Le soldat et les trois sœurs by Pascal Aubier (France)
- Le travail du comédien by Atahualpa Lichy (France)
- Le ventriloque by Carmelo Bene (Italy)
- Moc by Vlatko Gilic (Yugoslavia)
- Pourquoi by Jean-Denis Berenbaum (France)
- Rendez-vous romantique by Michka Gorki (France)
- Simplexes by Claude Huhardeaux (France)
- Take Off by Gunvor Nelson (United States)
- Zastave by Zoran Jovanovic (Yugoslavia)
Official awards Edit
- Grand Prix du Festival International du Film:
- Grand Prix Spécial du Jury: The Mother and the Whore (La maman et la putain) by Jean Eustache
- Best Actress: Joanne Woodward for The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
- Best Actor: Giancarlo Giannini for Film d'amore e d'anarchia, ovvero: stamattina alle 10, in via dei Fiori, nella nota casa di tolleranza...
- Jury Prize:
- Special Award: La Planète sauvage by René Laloux
- Best First Work: Jeremy by Arthur Barron
- Grand Prix International du Festival: Balablok by Břetislav Pojar
- Prix spécial du Jury: Az 1812-es év by Sándor Reisenbüchler
Independent awards Edit
- FIPRESCI Prize:
Commission Supérieure Technique
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