Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Golden Lion of San Marco, and its History of Winners

(Note: gaps denote years where the award was not given, for whatever reason.)

1949: “Manon” by Henry-Georges Clouzot
1950: “Justice est fait” by André Cayatte
1951: “Rashômon” by Akira Kurosawa
1952: “Jeux interdits” by René Clément
1954: “Romeo and Juliet” by Renato Castellani
1955: “Ordet” by Carl Theodor Dreyer
1957: “Aparajito” by Satyajit Ray
1958: “Muhô-Matsu no Isshô” by Hiroshi Inagaki
1959: “Il Generale Della Rovere” by Roberto Rossellini & “La grande guerra” by Mario Monicelli
1960: “Le passage du Rhin” by André Cayatte
1961: “L'année dernière à Marienbad” by Alain Resnais
1962: “Ivanovo detstvo” by Andrei Tarkovsky & “Cronaca familiare” by Valerio Zurlini
1963: “Le mani sulla città” by Francesco Rosi
1964: “Deserto rosso” by Michelangelo Antonioni
1965: “Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa” by Luchino Visconti
1966: “La battaglia di Algeri” by Gillo Pontecorvo
1967: “Belle de jour” by Luis Buñuel
1968: “Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos” by Alexander Kluge
1980: “Atlantic City” by Louis Malle & “Gloria” by John Cassavetes
1981: “Die Bleierne Zeit” by Margarethe von Trotta
1982: “Der Stand der Dinge” by Wim Wenders
1983: “Prénom Carmen” by Jean-Luc Godard
1984: “Rol Spokojnego Slonca” by Krzysztof Zanussi
1985: “Sans toit ni loi” by Agnès Varda
1986: “Le rayon vert” by Eric Rohmer
1987: “Au revoir les enfants” by Louis Malle
1988: “La leggenda del santo bevitore” by Ermanno Olmi
1989: “Beiqing shenghsi” by Hou Xiaoxian
1990: “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” by Tom Stoppard
1991: “Urga” by Nikita Mikhalkov
1992: “Qui Ju da guansi” by Zhang Yimou
1993: “Short Cuts” by Robert Altman & “Trois couleurs: Bleu” by Krzysztof Kieslowski
1994: “Before the Rain” by Milcho Manchevski & “Aiqing wansui - Vive l’amour” by Tsai Ming-liang
1995: “Cyclo” by Tran Ahn Hung
1996: “Michael Collins” by Neil Jordan
1997: “Hana-bi” by Takeshi Kitano
1998: “Così ridevano” by Gianni Amelio
1999: “Not One Less” by Zhang Yimou
2000: “Dayereh” by Jafar Panahi
2001: “Monsoon Wedding” by Mira Nair
2002: “The Magdalene Sisters” by Peter Mullan
2003: “Vozvrashcheniye” by Andrei Zvyagintsev
2004: “Vera Drake” by Mike Leigh
2005: “Brokeback Mountain” by Ang Lee
2006: “Sanxia haoren” by Jia Zhangke
2007: “Se, jie” by Ang Lee
2008: “The Wrestler” by Darren Aronofsky
2009: “Lebanon” by Samuel Maoz

I have seen 12 of these 53, which is a lowly 23%. Tellingly, none of them have gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar (this is no middle-of-the-road hunting ground, after all), though "Brokeback Mountain" came tantalisingly close, and you can make an argument for "Atlantic City" too.

Observation and ranking of those twelve films to follow soon.

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