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17th Venice International Film Festival

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17th Venice International Film Festival
LocationVenice, Italy
Festival date28 August – 9 September 1956
Venice Film Festival chronology

The 17th annual Venice International Film Festival was held from 28 August to 9 September 1956.[1] No Golden Lion was given because there was a tie between The Burmese Harp (Japan) and Calle Mayor (Spain). The international jury was unable to decide the winner and the award was declared void.[2][3]


Films in competition

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The Awakening Suor Letizia Mario Camerini Italy
Bus Stop Joshua Logan USA
Empire in the Sun L'impero del sole Enrico Gras Italy
The Captain from Köpenick Der Hauptmann von Köpenick Helmut Käutner West Germany
A Hatful of Rain Fred Zinnemann USA
The Immortal Garrison Бессмертный гарнизон Bessmertnyy garnizon Zakhar Agranenko, Eduard Tisse Soviet Union
The Ogre of Athens Ο Δράκος O Drákos Nikos Koundouros Greece
Street of Shame 赤線地帯 Akasen chitai Kenji Mizoguchi Japan
Attack Robert Aldrich USA
Bigger Than Life Nicholas Ray USA
The Burmese Harp (a.k.a. Harp of Burma) ビルマの竪琴 Biruma no tategoto Kon Ichikawa Japan
The Rocket from Calabuch Calabuch Luis García Berlanga Spain
Main street Calle Mayor Juan Antonio Bardem Spain
Gervaise René Clément France
(lit.) "Bullfighter!" Torero! Carlos Velo Mexico
(lit.) "The trip across Paris" La Traversée de Paris Claude Autant-Lara France
Big and Small Veliki i mali Vladimir Pogačić Yugoslavia



  1. ^ "The 1950s [sic]". Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Roos, Fred (Spring 1957). "Venice Film Festival, 1956" (PDF). The Quarterly of Film Radio and Television. University of California Press. 11 (3): 249. doi:10.2307/1209744. Retrieved April 5, 2020. The report began with a few sentences of praise for each of the 14 films [sic], and then selected the Japanese Harp of Burma and the Spanish Calle Mayor as being particularly outstanding. Since the jury was unable to decide which of these two films was the superior, it had decided not to award a grand prix "St. Mark Golden Lion" this year.
  3. ^ "17. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica di Venezia". La Biennale di Venezia (in Italian). Archivio Storico delle Arti Contemporanee. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "Juries for the 1950s [sic]". Retrieved October 8, 2013.
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