Travel back in time with Hepburn and Bardot.
Since its debut in 1946, the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera has been more than a celebration of the best films of the year. It has been a moment for newcomers and stars alike to put their names in the international press, while also showing off some daring fashion choices.
Unlike some other film festivals or awards shows, such as the Oscars, Cannes has been known to launch and even favor unknowns, celebrating great films, no matter how meager their resources were. The festival helped kick start the French New Wave in the 1960s, along with rule-breaking actors and directors from all over the world.
The 1950s and 1960s saw some of cinema’s most glamorous icons flock to the beaches of the Riviera. Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, and of course French star and sex symbol Brigitte Bardot, all caused a frenzy every time they stepped out of their hotels or onto the beach.
The glamour of Cannes remains during this month’s festival, captivating moviegoers and artists alike.
“You hear people saying, 'Oh I'm so tired, I've had enough of Cannes.' How can you have enough of Cannes? It's just the best place to be, like a fairytale,” writer and filmmaker Maryjane Satrapi wrote in 2010.
As the festival takes place May 17-28 this year, take a look back at some of the best moments and looks from the golden age of the Cannes Film Festival.