As many of you may have heard, the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival begun just this past Wedesday, luring in stars and celebrities from all over the world. Besides the appeal of the ocean and the exotic French coastline, this festival is reknowned for its private status and epic fashion statements.
The idea for the film festival began in 1939, when Jean Zay, the French Minister of National Education decided to protest the intevention of the fascist government in choosing films for the Venice Film Festival. With the support of British and Americans in the area, he proposed to create an international cinematographic festival in France. Unfortunately, the advent of WWII delayed things for several years, and the first festival did not officially begin until 1946. Although originally designed as a competition of arts between France and Italy, the festival has since evolved into a venue for producers to air their new films and an opportunity to promote European cinema. (Read more history here.)
Over the years, this exclusive event has been privileged to host some truly beautiful people. Take a look at some of my favs:
The lovely Brigitte Bardot, on the brink of becoming one of the most famous actresses of her time. * It was at the 1955 festival that Grace Kelly met Prince Rainer III, whom she eventually married.
Warren Beatty & Natalie Wood * Elizabeth Taylor & husband Mike Todd
Click here if you want to see more old Hollywood pics from the Festival (worth a look! They were so glamorous!)
While studying in France several years ago, I was lucky enough to get a chance to attend the festival myself! Of course, the red carpet was on the other side of the rope, but being able to wander the streets and take in all the sights was definitely something to remember.
Ohhh the red carpet! I got to see Juliette Binoche (remember her from Chocolat?), and a few of the group were lucky enough to see Natalie Portman after her Star Wars debut.
Eating snacks at an ampitheatre near the beach. We actually ended up sleeping there that night because we wanted to see more stars the next day and all the hotels were filled up with visitors and movie stars!
Not nearly as glamorous as the movie stars of old, but we sure gave it our starving-students best!
Make sure to catch all the coverage of this years’ events (check out more info at the Festival de Cannes website), because it never disappoints!
So who else out there is a Festival fan? Any favorite moments of your own?