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Time unveiled "Top 10 Cannes Film Festival movies"

2010-05-16 00:21:25 GMT2010-05-16 08:21:25 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Poster of "The Third Man"

Poster of "The Wages of Fear"

Poster of "La Dolce Vita"

Poster of "Taxi Driver"

BEIJING, May 16(Xinhuanet) -- Though disturbed by volcanic ash and Tsunami, the 63rd Cannes Film Festival kicked off as scheduled on Thursday. As always, the star-studded red carpet attracted the spotlights of global media. Hundreds of movies will take part in the competition of various units to win the top prize Palme d'Or.

U.S. Time magazine has ranked a list of "Top 10 Cannes Film Festival Movies" of all time. Let's take a look back at those most remarkable movies.

1. "The Third Man", 1949

The early history of Cannes was quiet unusual. Beginning on September 1, 1939 – the day when Germany invaded Poland, the jury panel actually awarded the top prize till 1946. Then with no prizes in 1947 and 1948, Cannes crowned an undisputed winner in 1949.

The jury's choice was Graham Greene's murder mystery: "The Third Man."

2. "The Wages of Fear", 1953

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, this classic action movie narrated a story about adventurers' experiences in South America. "The Wages of Fear" achieved great success in Europe and the Americas, and also propelled its leading actor, Yves Montand, to international stardom.

3. "La Dolce Vita", 1960

This Federico Fellini's three-hour-long movie told a story about a society in glamorous decay from the perspectives of the paparazzi. After winning the Palme d'Or, the movie became an international hit.

4. "Taxi Driver", 1976

       5. "Tree of Wooden Clogs", 1978

Two years in a row, the Palme d'Or went to Italian films: the Taviani brothers' "Padre Padrone" in 1977 and this splendid rural epic from Ermanno Olmi.

6. "Sex, Lies, and Videotape", 1989

This Steven Soderbergh's independent-film is a romantic comedy about sexual dysfunction and deception.

7. "Farewell My Concubine", 1993

In the late 1980s, Cannes started to notice the films from China. Chen Kaige's "The Yellow Earth" and Zhang Yimou's "Red Sorghum" gained recognitions in Locarno and Berlin Film Festival before their directors ever got invited to Cannes. Finally, Chen's "Farewell My Concubine" won the Palme d'Or.

8. "Pulp Fiction", 1994

The jury of that year, led by Clint Eastwood, chose Quentin Tarantino's melodrama as the winner. This cult movie revived the career of John Travolta, turned Samuel L. Jackson into an A-list star and set the action-movie tone for the rest of the decade. In 2009, Tarantino brought his war movie "Inglourious Basterds" back to Cannes, where he earned a global fame for a new-round competition.

9. "A Taste of Cherry", 1997

       10. "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days", 2007

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