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>At 10:44 AM 4/4/95 -0500, Ulf Dalquist wrote:
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>>William Brooks wrote:
>>>As a followup on the question of racism at the Oscars and in Hollywood in
>>>general, could someone in the know please tell me if the major European
>>>film festivals - Cannes, Venice, Berlin, etc. are as Eurocentric in their
>>>awarding of prizes as the Academy is in theirs?
>>>
>>Well, there's always a big fuzz about the festival in questin having
>>'sold out'
>>whenever an american film is being awarded. For some reason, the french
>>critics
>>seems to be the most aggressive. People were really upset  last year in
>>Cannes,
>>when <sarcastic mode on> such american trash as Pulp Fiction defeated
>>Kieslowski's Red <sarcastic mode off>.
>>BTW, did you yankees know that parts of the european parlament, mainly the
>>French part, again, is promoting a legal limit to the import of U.S.
>>television
>>programs. This is NOT a joke!
>>
>I'll add to this, and say that I was in France last year when Pulp Fiction
>won the palme d'or, "over" the film version of "Germinal" by Emile Zola,
>quite an expensive/expansive production with an all-star leading cast
>including Gerard Depardieu, Miou-Miou and (Ah, what's that guy's name --
>the singer who played Lantier?).  Anyway, the night it won, I happened to
>catch television coverage on one of the main networks, during which three
>prominent French critics proceeded to rant for hours about the upset.
>Among other things, one of them said that Pulp Fiction had won because
>Clint Eastwood was a member of the jury.
>This is all just for informational sake.  Moreover, there was a bad
>atmosphere in France for Pulp Fiction to have won, especially because
>Jurassic park had recently left Germinal in the dust regarding box office
>take-in.  Both were released in France at the same time, and the latter was
>the big French production of the year.
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Additions. 1) Eastwood was Jury President, not just member  2) No proof he
influenced anyone unduly  3) At Cannes proper there was wide expectation
that Pulp Fiction would get top prize  4) A small percentage of critics was
annoyed, but no more than usual and less than in some years
 
Edwin Jahiel,Cinema Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 
"and there is throats to be cut, and works to be done" (Capt.Macmorris in
Shakespeare's HENRY V, act III sc.II)