Like many people I would love to be in France this weekend, but I’ll have to settle for celebrating Cannes 60th Anniversary in the privacy of my own home. In true armchair traveler fashion I thought I’d share some tips on how you can throw your own 1960s-1970s style Cannes Festival at home for yourself and a few film loving friends.
Jean Shrimpton and Terence Stamp at Cannes (1965)
It’s impossible to have your own Cannes style Film Festival without some films, so here are a few suggestions for Double Features that are easily available on DVD. All the films listed were awarded and celebrated at Cannes during 1960-1979.
Naturally you should have some beverages on hand for your private Film Festival. More adventurous film enthusiasts can always pick up a bottle of French Champagne or give the In the Spirits Cannes Cocktail Page a look. They offer lots of interesting cocktail recipes inspired by Cannes such as the tasty Palme d’Or featured below:
If you don’t drink alcohol don’t despair. Just substitute the Vodka for sparkling bottled water and you’ll have yourself an alcohol free Palme d’Or.
You might also want to feed yourself or your guests, so I suggest giving the delicious cuisine of the French Riviera a try. You can find some good regional recipes at the French Riviera Magazine site for appetizers as well as main courses and desserts. Many of them are easy to put together for anyone who’s nervous about trying their hand at French cooking.
With good movies, good drinks and good food you can enjoy a little bit of the Cannes spirit right at home no matter where you are.
François Truffaut and Orson Welles try to enjoy a meal together
surrounded by the paparazzi at Cannes (1966)