Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:16:21 GMT | By Tom Phillips and Francis Whittaker
The Venice Film Festival’s history of controversy

L'Année dernière à Marienbad, 1961



L'Année dernière à Marienbad, 1961 (© Everett Collection / Rex Features)
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  • Rashomon, 1951 (© SNAP / Rex Features)
  • Rocco e i suoi fratelli, 1960 (© SNAP / Rex Features)
  • L'Année dernière à Marienbad, 1961 (© Everett Collection / Rex Features)
  • Vivre sa vie, 1962 (© Everett Collection / Rex Features)
  • Il Vangelo secondo Matteo, 1964 (© Everett Collection / Rex Features)
  • Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa, 1965 (© Everett Collection / Rex Features)
  • La battaglia di Algeri, 1966 (© Everett Collection / Rex Features)
  • Belle de jour, 1967 (© SNAP / Rex Features)
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Alain Resnais's surreal, dream-like film 'Last Year In Marienbad' won the Golden Lion at Venice - but many critics attacked it for being confusing and pretentious, and it was banned from the Cannes Film Festival over Resnais's opposition to France's actions in the ongoing Algerian War.

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