PRINT September 1997


D'Or Prizes

AS EVERYBODY KNOWS, the best parties happen all by themselves. Nonetheless, the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival seemed compelled to plan exactly how they’d celebrate 1997 (supposedly Cannes’ fiftieth anniversary, but actually the fiftieth festival, since there wasn’t one in either ’48 or ’50). And they certainly came up with an impressive array of events. There were ceremonies and speeches, balls and fireworks, a ballet by Philippe Decouflé, and a “Palme des Palmes” awarded by all the living recipients of the Palme d’Or to Ingmar Bergman, the greatest of those yet to be so honored. Bergman certainly deserved this accolade; too bad he didn’t show up.

As it turned out, the real fun was elsewhere—in the official selection of films, the public’s reaction to them, and the awards—though things began less than auspiciously. Executive director Gilles Jacob admitted as much when he presented

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