Festival de Cannes 70: Michèle Morgan, 1946

A sunny shout-out to 70 winners at the Cannes Film Festival to celebrate the 70th event which is just around the corner – in no particular order.

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Did you know that the big prize, the Palme d’Or was called the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film between 1939 and 1954, and then again from 1964 to 1974? You did know that, fair enough. Did you know there were multiple winners in 1946, including a select few even the most passive of cinema-goers will have heard of (Rome, Open City; Brief Encounter; The Lost Weekend)? You knew that too. Fine. Let’s applaud, then, the very first Cannes winner for Best Actress. The brilliant Michèle Morgan in La Symphonie pastorale, plays a blind woman who finds herself in the hands of a potential romance, only to later discover how an affliction change can also alter you way you see (pun not intended) the world around you as well as somehow dictate your feelings with this brand new outlook. The heart wants what it wants, but the senses can tell a different story. We sadly lost Morgan late last year, she was 96, so this entry is especially poignant.

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