The double Palme d'or of 1966

The Battle of the Rails opened this mini-retrospective and the Festival de Cannes has kept on welcoming the restorations of the films which won the Palme d’or. In 2016 we are going back to the year 1966 and its two winners, Pietro Germi and Claude Lelouch. They were awarded the prize by the jury presided over by Sophia Loren.

SIGNORE & SIGNORI Pietro GERMI 1966 - 02:00

With Signore & Signori Pietro Germi moved away from his Sicilian themes and relocated to the Veneto region, in a gentle environment populated by priests, former Alpine troopers, dames, bigots and teachers. Here, he walked along the path of the small town bourgeoisie, enclosed by a parish, a villa and a square, and figured out that hadn’t the Italian Republic be founded on labor it would certainly be on cheating. As a matter of fact, there is one dominant element in this story, a character with several faces and attitudes, but one name: cuckold.
Enzo Biagi, L’Europeo, 3.3.1966


A man and a woman meet by accident on a Sunday evening at their children's boarding school. Slowly they reveal themselves to each other, finding that each is a widow/a widower. Each is slow to reveal anything personal so that each revelation is hidden by a misperception. They become friends, then close friends, and then she reveals that she can't have a lover because, for her, her husband's memory is still too strong much of the film is told wordlessly in action, or through hearing of their thoughts as they go about their day.

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