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The Venice Film Festival’s history of controversy

By Tom Phillips and Francis Whittaker Slide 1 of 14

14 films that shocked the establishment

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', 1951Akira 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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