Festival de Cannes 70: John Turturro, 1991

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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Even today, Barton Fink is so good, like any of the Coen Brothers’ movies, I still shake my head when many awards groups stayed clear. Cannes, however, have a wonderful habit of embracing the movies of Joel and Ethan – and indeed those film-makers sinfully ignored elsewhere. Once a regular feature in their movies, John Turturro might not have been this magnetic in any of his movies prior, or since. The troubled Barton Fink, the character, was the perfect foil for the somewhat dumbstruck-looking actor (I mean that in the best possible sense) in a movie so odd, but ultimately so original. The movie was also rewarded with Best Director prize for the Coens, as well as the illustrious Palme d’Or – a unique trio of accolades not since repeated.

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