1972 Cannes Film Festival

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1972 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 25th Cannes Film Festival.[1]
Opening film Malpertuis
Closing film Frenzy
Location Cannes, France
Founded 1946
Awards Palme d'Or (La classe operaia va in paradiso and Il Caso Mattei)[2]
No. of films 25 (In Competition)[3]
20 (Out of Competition)
14 (Short Film)
Festival date 4 May 1972 (1972-05-04) – 19 May 1972 (1972-05-19)
Website festival-cannes.com/en

The 25th Cannes Film Festival was held on May 4–19, 1972. The Palme d'Or went to the La classe operaia va in paradiso by Elio Petri and Il Caso Mattei by Francesco Rosi.[2][4]

The festival opened with Malpertuis, directed by Harry Kümel and closed with Frenzy, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.[5][6][7]


The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1972 feature film competition:[8]

Short film jury
  • Frédéric Rossif (France) President
  • Istvan Dosai (Hungary) (Cinématographie official)
  • Vicente Pineda (Italy) (journalist)

Official selection[edit]

In competition - Feature film[edit]

The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:[3]

Films out of competition[edit]

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[3]

Short film competition[edit]

The following short films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or:[3]

  • Atlantyda by Piotr Szpakowicz
  • The Birth of Aphrodite by Leland Auslender
  • Le Fusil à lunette by Jean Chapot - Grand Prix International du Festival
  • Giovanni Michelucci by Fernando Cerchio
  • Hundertwasser's Rainy Day by Peter Schamoni
  • '[Jour de classe by Henri Jouf
  • Magic Graz by Curt M. Faudon
  • Malka dnevna muzika by Ivan Vesselinov
  • Mini by Stoian Doukov
  • I Omorfia tou thanatou by Nestoras Matsas
  • Operation X-70 by Raoul Servais - Prix spécial du Jury
  • Pour solde de tout compte by Louis Pitzele
  • Een Zeer zonnige wereld by Pieter De Groot
  • Zikkaron by Laurent Coderre

Parallel sections[edit]

International Critics' Week[edit]

The following feature films were screened for the 11th International Critics' Week (11e Semaine de la Critique):[9]

  • Avoir 20 ans dans les Aurès by René Vautier (France)
  • Fritz the Cat by Ralph Bakshi (United States)
  • The Hamburg Uprising of 1923 (Der Hamburger Aufstand Oktober 1923) by Reiner Etz, Gisela Tuchtenhagen, Klaus Wildenhahn (W. Germany)
  • Dirty Money (La Maudite Galette) by Denys Arcand (Canada)
  • Pilgrimage by Beni Montreso (United States)
  • The Trial of Catonsville Nine by Gorgon Davidson (United States)
  • Winter Soldier (Anonymous) (United States)
  • Prata Palomares by André Faria (Brazil) (screening was canceled at the request of the Brazilian government)

Directors' Fortnight[edit]

The following films were screened for the 1972 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[10]

Short films
  • Autoportrait d'un pornographe by Robert Swaim (France)
  • Camille ou la comédie catastrophique by Claude Miller (France)
  • Celui qui venait d'ailleurs by Atahualpa Lichy, J.P. Torok (France)
  • Das Kaputte Kino by H.H.K. Schoenherr (Switzerland)
  • Death of a Sandwichman by G. Henderickx, Robbe De Hert (Belgium)
  • Drug Abuse by Pat Lehman (United States)
  • Empereur Tomato-Ketchup by Shuji Terayama (Japan)
  • Homo Augens by Ante Zaninovic (Yougoslavie)
  • Kamasutra Rides Again by Bob Godfrey (Great Britain)
  • La Chute by Paul Dopff (France)
  • Le Cabot by P. Letellier J. (France)
  • Le Sourire by Paul Dopff (France)
  • Légendes et chateaux by Patrick Hella (Belgium)
  • Luger by Georges Bensoussan (France)
  • Saint-Denis sur Avenir by Sarah Maldoror (France)
  • Yunbogi no nikki by Nagisa Oshima (Japan)


Joseph Losey, Jury President
Francesco Rosi, Grand Prix winner

The following films and people received the 1972 awards:[2]


  1. ^ "Posters 1972". Archived from the original on 21 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "25ème Festival International du Film - Cannes" (in French). Retrieved 4 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Official Selection 1972 : All the Selection". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "1972 - Tout le monde il est beau, tout le monde il est gentil (Everyone is beautiful, everyone is nice)" (in French). Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "The closing films at Cannes". Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Cannes: presentation Malpertuis". Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Cannes Film Festival: the winners". Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Juries 1972 : Long film". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 15 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "11e Selecion de la Semaine de la Critique - 1972". archives.semainedelacritique.com. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Quinzaine 1972". quinzaine-realisateurs.com. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 

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