Show business -- and one of the highlights of the film industry calendar ended in Cannes on Thursday (24 May) with the presentation of the top awards.
Show business -- and one of the highlights of the film industry calendar ended in Cannes on Thursday (24 May) with the presentation of the top awards. This year, two films shared the coveted Golden Palm trophy, awarded to what the international judges regarded as the best films of the year. They were "Apocalypse Now" -- a United States epic about the Vietnam war -- and the "The Tin Drum", a West German picture set in the Nazi era. The jury gave its special prize to "Siberiada" a Soviet entry about the impact of world events on an isolated Siberian village.
SYNOPSIS: Director Roger Hanin -- on this year's judges panel -- was one of the first to arrive at the Palais des Festivals. The closing ceremony was the customary lavish affair attended by top names in the film world.
Among the stars was the American comedian Jerry Lewis. His compatriot, Francis Ford Coppola, directed "Apocalypse Now", which took four years and more than thirty million dollars to made. It dominated the two week festival, and many people were surprised it only shared the top prize.
Individually, Americans, picked up the two top prizes. Sally Field was voted top actress, and Jack Lemmon best actor for his part in "The China Syndrome".