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Booed At Cannes: From 'Tree Of Life' To 'L'Avventura,' Classic Films Were Heckled By Film Fest Audiences

Actor Brad Pitt and actress Jessica Chastain attend 'The Tree Of Life' Photocall during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Jessica Chastain attend 'The Tree Of Life' Photocall during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by George Pimentel/FilmMagic)

The often persnickety audiences at the Cannes Film Festival are so legendary that the Brooklyn Academy of Music has devoted an entire series to their expressions of displeasure. Called "Booed at Cannes," the series recognizes films that "have felt the wrath of the French festival’s fickle audiences."

"Within the cavernous repository of Cannes controversy, there remains a place of honor for those films and directors eliciting that most visceral, ear-catching of hostile audience responses: the boo," David Reilly, BAMcinématek assistant programmer, wrote recently in the BAM newsletter (via Indiewire). Indeed, recent films like "The Tree of Life" and "Marie Antoinette" were met with Bronx cheers after screening at Cannes, a badge of dishonor that places both alongside some of the cinema's finest work.

Ahead, a brief look at some classic films booed at Cannes. For more information on the "Booed at Cannes" series, head over to the BAM website. Feel free to speculate on which 2013 Cannes film could join this illustrious list in the comments section.

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