Festival de Cannes 70: Jack Lemmon, 1979

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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The China Syndrome was one of those movies from the seventies you discover on your own. Nobody really told me about it, nor was I simply aware of it through it’s critical and award success, or the film’s status as instant classic (like, say, The Godfather). I saw this movie quite by accident as a boy, probably a teenager, and it gripped me from start to finish. A young Michael Douglas was a surprise, but the real stars here were Jane Fonda (who I was in love with anyway), and the terrific Jack Lemmon. Back then I was obviously a fan of his famous comedy work, but to see him this impressive in a pure dramatic role was a real eye-opener, as I continued to nurture my passion for cinema.

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