Berlin International Film Festival 1952

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The 1952 Berlin International Film Festival took place from June 12 to 25, 1952.


The first Berlinale was over and the new festival was about to end. The FIAPF , the international federation of film producers decided on 4 September 1951 that there should be only one film festival with an international competition. Only in view of the tradition of the festivals in Cannes and Venice were both allowed to hold a competition with an international jury. Otherwise, the member producers were asked not to participate in other festivals that held a competition. FIAPF demanded that the Berlinale no longer appoint a jury or award any more prizes (as had happened at the Berlinale 1951 , without the consent of FIAPF). The Berlinale found its way out of the dilemma by choosing the winners of the Golden Bears through public voting.

In 1952 there was the first Berlinale scandal: Orson Welles ' film adaptation of Othello would certainly have been one of the highlights of the festival had it not been for a dispute in the working committee of the festival about the director's criticism of the situation in post-war Germany two years ago Committee members called "anti-German". Othello's invitation was prevented; When the film was later asked to go to the festival, Welles declined.

The most prominent guest at the Berlinale was Billy Wilder . The winning film was She danced just one summer (Hon dansade en sommar) by Arne Mattsson , in which a nude scene caused a sensation. Neither Jean Renoir's The Power (The River) still Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon - The pleasure grove and Vittorio De Sica's Miracle in Milan (Miracolo a Milano) were in the public vote to win one of three prizes.


The winning film is highlighted in orange.

Movie title Original title Director Country of production Actor (selection)
Chief Physician Dr. Delius Un grand patron Yves Ciampi France Pierre Fresnay , Renée Devillers , Marcel André
Because they should be comforted Cry, the Beloved Country Zoltan Korda Great Britain Sidney Poitier , Joyce Carey , Canada Lee
Wife for one night Moglie per una notte Mario Camerini Italy Gino Cervi , Gina Lollobrigida , Nadia Gray
Fanfan, the hussar Fanfan la Tulipe Christian-Jaque Italy , France Gérard Philipe , Gina Lollobrigida , Marcel Herrand
Rashomon - The Pleasure Grove Rashômon Akira Kurosawa Japan Toshirō Mifune , Machiko Kyō , Masayuki Mori
She only danced one summer Hon dansade en sommar Arne Mattsson Sweden Ulla Jacobsson , Edvin Adolphson , John Elfström
The current The River Jean Renoir France , India , USA Nora Swinburne , Esmond Knight , Arthur Shields
Among the thousand lanterns Erich Engel Germany , France Michel Auclair , Gisela Trowe , Inge Meysel
The miracle of Milan Miracolo a Milano Vittorio De Sica Italy Emma Gramatica , Francesco Golisano , Paolo Stoppa

Award winners

Golden bear

Silver bear

Bronze bear

  • 'Cause they're supposed to be comforted (Cry, the Beloved Country)


  • Wolfgang Jacobsen: 50 Years of the Berlinale - International Film Festival 1951–2000

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