The Cannes Film Festival is celebrating it’s 65th year and for the last two weeks I’ve been curating an online gallery of images from the festivals first 25 years at TCM’s Movie Morlocks blog. The images trace the festivals early beginnings to the end of the ’60s when publicity campaigns became sillier and the bikinis got smaller and the movies got damn good. A quick look through the Cannes archives is an eye-opening experience. Unlike the Oscars, which has always been fatally behind the times and absolutely useless in signaling out challenging films with lasting historic value, the films and performers being rewarded at Cannes in the ’60s remain some of the most important films we have today. These photo galleries give us a window to another world where the ghost of Francois Truffaut can enjoy a leisurely lunch on the French Rivera with Orson Welles. I hope you’ll enjoy this trip down memory lane!
If you’re like me and too broke to visit the French Rivera but looking for fun ways to celebrate Cannes from the comfort of home you can find tips & viewing suggestions in a previous post I wrote during Cannes 60th anniversary back in 2007: