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Bernardo Bertolucci To Receive Honorary Palm d’Or: Italian Director Now Has Something In Common With Woody Allen & Clint Eastwood

The Cannes Film Festival announced that Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci will receive an honorary Palm d’Or at this year’s event. The award has only been handed out twice before, to Woody Allen in 2002 and to Clint Eastwood in 2009. Surprisingly, Bertolucci has never won an award at Cannes before. When his 1981 film Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man was nominated for the coveted Palm d’Or, it lost to the Polish film Man of Iron and in 1996, Stealing Beauty lost out to Secrets & Lies. His 1972 film Last Tango in Paris, for which film critic Pauline Kael famously wrote:

The movie breakthrough has come. Bertolucci and Brando have altered the face of an art form.

was never even nominated.

Cannes will be correcting past oversights with the honorary award. Festival President Giles Jacob said:

The quality of his work, which appears today in all its uniqueness and the extent of this work we perceive every day more vividly, the strength of his commitment to cinema and the ties that bind him to Cannes, make Bernaldo Bertollucci the first legitimate recipient.

Did Jacobs make a subtle jab at Allen and Eastwood by calling Bertolucci, “the first legitimate recipient?” Possibly, although not very likely since Allen’s latest film Midnight in Paris will premiere at the opening night of the festival.

[Studiobriefing.net]

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