In Contention's Top 10 Cannes Film Festival losers
Rounding up some of the greatest Competition entries not to win a single award
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5. "The Exterminating Angel" (1962)
Like De Sica, Luis Bunuel was probably a victim of his own success at the festival. By 1962, he had been in Competition six times, winning multiple prizes -- including, just the previous year, the Palme d'Or for "Viridiana." So one can't blame the jury for thinking his cup runneth over, but it led to one of the defining works of his career going unrewarded: a surreal tale of physical and psychological entrapment forming a striking social allegory, referenced most recently in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris." It's one of a few doozies the jury passed over that year, including "Cleo From 5 to 7" and "The Innocents": I've never seen the little-remembered Palme winner from Brazil, "The Payer of Promises," but it'd have to be quite something to make sense of that.
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