Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:39:55 GMT | By Tom Phillips and Francis Whittaker
The Venice Film Festival’s history of controversy

14 films that shocked the establishment



Rashomon, 1951 (© SNAP / Rex Features;)
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  • Rashomon, 1951 (© SNAP / Rex Features;)
  • Rocco e i suoi fratelli (© 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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Since it began in 1932, decisions made by the Venice Film Festival jury have sent shockwaves through the film establishment and beyond. We look at some of the most controversial award-winners in the event's history.

Rashomon, 1951

Akira Kurosawa's non-linear masterpiece, showing the same events from different perspectives, was rapturously received at Venice, and has been a major influence on western cinema - but it almost didn't get shown, as it had been poorly reviewed there and the Japanese government didn't feel it was representative of Japanese movie industry.

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