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Updated: Wed, 01 May 2013 14:30:00 GMT | By Tom Phillips
Cannes scandals: the film festival's history of controversy

1961 - Viridiana causes controversy



1961 - Viridiana causes controversy (© Everett Collection / Rex Features)
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  • 1960 - Catholic Church not happy about La dolce vita (© Everett Collection / Rex Features)
  • 1958 - political upheaval (© Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images)
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In 1961, surrealist director Luis Bunuel's drama Viridiana drew the fire of the Catholic Church, who objected to its portrayal of a young novice nun's sexual awakening, in a film with plot elements including rape, incest, and a drunken parody of The Last Supper. The film still went on to win the Palme d'Or.

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