1973 Cannes Film Festival

The 26th Cannes Film Festival was held from 10 to 25 May 1973. The Grand Prix du Festival International du Film went to The Hireling by Alan Bridges and Scarecrow by Jerry Schatzberg.[2] At this festival two new non-competitive sections were added: 'Étude et documents' and 'Perspectives du Cinéma Français' (which is started by the French Film Directors' Society and runs until 1991).[4]

1973 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 26th Cannes Film Festival[1]
Opening filmGodspell
Closing filmLady Sings the Blues
LocationCannes, France
AwardsGrand Prix du Festival
International du Film

(The Hireling & Scarecrow)[2]
No. of films24 (In Competition)[3]
14 (Out of Competition)
7 (Short Film)
Festival date10 May 1973 (1973-05-10) – 25 May 1973 (1973-05-25)

The festival opened with Godspell, directed by David Greene[5][6] and closed with Lady Sings the Blues, directed by Sidney J. Furie.[7] Swastika, a documentary by Philippe Mora, got negative reactions and caused disturbance among audience by showing Adolf Hitler's daily and social life.[8] The Holy Mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky, created controversy at the festival due to its depiction of extreme violence.[9]


The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1973 feature film competition:[10]

Feature films

Short films

  • Robert Enrico (France) President
  • Samuel Lachize (France) (critic)
  • Alexandre Marin

Official selection

In competition - Feature film

The following feature films competed for the Grand Prix International du Festival:[3]

Films out of competition

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[3]

Short film competition

The following short films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or:[3]

Parallel sections

International Critics' Week

The following feature films were screened for the 12th International Critics' Week (12e Semaine de la Critique):[12]

Directors' Fortnight

The following films were screened for the 1973 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[13]

Short films
  • Ein Leben by Herbert Schramm (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 (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

The following films and people received the 1973 Official selection awards:[14][2]

Short films

Independent awards


Commission Supérieure Technique

OCIC Award[16]


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  2. "26ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  3. "Official Selection 1973: All the Selection". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 26 December 2013.
  4. "1973 - Les magnifiques (The Magnificent)". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  5. "'Godspell' Opens Cannes Festival". nytimes.com. May 12, 1973. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  6. "Godspell". news.google.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  7. "France: Paul Newman and Diana Ross among stars at Cannes Film Festival prizegiving". itnsource.com. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  8. "College Screens Disturbing Images of 'Swastika'". Los Angeles Times. 7 February 1992. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  9. "The Holy Mountain". ifccenter.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  10. "Juries 1973: Long film". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  11. Website about Renate Druks
  12. "12e Selecion de la Semaine de la Critique - 1973". archives.semainedelacritique.com. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  13. "Quinzaine 1973". quinzaine-realisateurs.com. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  14. "1973 - Le Jury, Les Prix". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  15. "FIPRESCI Awards 1973". fipresci.org. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  16. "Cannes Film Festival Awards for 1973". imdb.com. Retrieved 30 June 2017.


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