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"The Conversation" (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974, United States)
Francis Ford Coppola's ingenious psychological thriller won the Palme d'Or in 1974 by a single vote; the jury was unhappily deadlocked between Coppola's film and Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Arabian Nights," with president Rene Clair only breaking the tie in favor of the former when English-speaking jury members explained the film's intricate, dialogue-dependent final twist to him. It remains a popular winner from a lineup that also included Fassbinder's "Fear Eats the Soul," Hal Ashby's "The Last Detail" (for which Jack Nicholson, in a recently Oscar-nominated role, beat Gene Hackman to Best Actor) and the only competing Cannes entry of Steven Spielberg's career, "The Sugarland Express." The next year, the Academy also got Coppola's film, handing it three nominations for Best Picture, Original Screenplay and Sound. It won nothing, but Coppola could hardly complain about losing to himself, as "The Godfather Part II" ruled the night.