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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

1968 - Festival ends early over May ’68 protests



1968 - Festival ends early over May ’68 protests (© Traverso/RDA/Getty Images)
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The 1968 Cannes festival took place against the backdrop of the widespread student-led protests sweeping across France that May. The festival istelf came to an early end - with the final days cancelled after a group of New Wave directors, including (left to right, above) Claude Lelouch, Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Roman Polanski and Louis Malle, went on strike in sympathy with the growing general strike that was taking hold across the country.

The festival was eventually shut down after director Carlos Saura refused to show his own film, Peppermint Frappe, on May 18. He prevented the film from being screened by dangling off the curtains in front of the screen, along with Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. (The film finally got its Cannes premiere 40 years later in 2008.)

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