Errol at the Berlin Film Festival

04 Dec

Errol – always at the forefront of things!

“After the Berlinale was officially given the same status as the festivals in Cannes and Venice in 1955, the festival was able to convene its first international jury in 1956. This jury awarded both a “Golden Bear” and “Silver Bears.” The president of the first International Feature Film Jury in 1956 was the French director Marcel Carné. Within just a few years, the Berlinale established itself on the international festival scene, and as early as 1959, 53 countries sent films to the festival.

Major stars like Gary Cooper, Sophia Loren, Richard Widmark, Jean Gabin, Henry Fonda, Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Rita Hayworth were guests in the Berlinale’s early years. Along with the event’s glamour, however, the festival also showcased new cinematic trends. Directors like Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Satyajit Ray, Roman Polanski, and the “Nouvelle Vague” directors Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, and Claude Chabrol enjoyed their first international successes in Berlin.”

1957 Film Festival

— Maria


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  1. Gentleman Tim

    December 4, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you, Maria! Great info & Photo!!

    Looks like Errol was at the very top of “Berliners’ favourite stars” list even in the late Fifties:…

    Is this great photo, too, from Berlin in ’57? During the Film Festival?? Those fraus/frauleins sure loved Herr Errol!


  2. Maria

    December 4, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Yes they certainly loved Berlin! It must have been difficult but exciting times to be there after the war – There were some pictures offered recently on EBay that show Errol at the festival with Trevor Howard but I don’t see them today-perhaps they were purchased.