65 Years of the Cannes Film Festival: An Early Photographic History Part II.


Last week I shared photos from the first 15 years of the Cannes Film Festival. While the 65th Cannes Film Festival is still unfolding on the French Riviera I thought I’d continue celebrating by sharing some more photos from the decade that made Cannes one of the most important film festivals in the world – the 1960s. Keen observers will notice a distinct change from the last group of photos I shared. The publicity stunts got sillier and the bikini’s got smaller while men let their hair grow longer. The films winning awards also became more challenging, more radical, more overtly political and more experimental. Women were now allowed on the Jury and in 1965 actress Olivia de Havilland became Cannes’ first female President. The times were changing and the festival was changing right along with them.


1960: Actors Claudia Cardinale and Jean-Paul Belmondo share a private toast at Cannes.


1960: A dire looking Fellini receives the Palme d’Or for his controversial film LA DOLCE VITA while a supportive Jeane Moreau receives an award for her work in MODERATO CANTABILE. Fellini’s film had previously been condemned by the Vatican, scrutinized by critics and he even suffered the indignity of being spat on by an audience member at a previous showing. The Cannes win was undoubtedly a surprising victory for the director.


1960: Melina Mercouri celebrates her Best Actress win for her performance in NEVER ON A SUNDAY with her director and husband Jules Dassin.


1960: Director Michelangelo Antonioni and actress Monica Vitti survey the crowd. The two were later awarded with a Jury prize for their work on L’AVVENTURA but it came with a price. The film was loudly booed by many audience members during its debut at Cannes and Vitti and Antonioni were forced to flee the screening.


1961: A dashing Sidney Poitier leads the lovely Jean Seberg down the red carpet at Cannes. Poitier was there supporting A RAISIN IN THE SUN, which won a special Jury prize.


1961: Gina Lollobrigida signs autographs for an adoring crowd.


1961: Carlo Ponti, Sophia Loren and Anthony Perkins share a laugh. Both Loren and Perkins won Best Actor awards at Cannes for their exceptional work in TWO WOMEN and GOODBYE AGAIN.


1961: Richard Widmark takes a leisurely stroll through the streets of Cannes.


1961: Angie Dickinson shows a little leg to snap happy photographers.


1962: Funny man Harold Lloyd attends a special luncheon held at Cannes in his honor celebrating, “Harold Lloyd’s World of Comedy.”


1962: Sultry Elke Sommer wows photographers.


1962: Sophia Loren, Alain Delon and Romy Schneider wave to the crowds. Delon was there in support of his role in L’ECLISSE, which won a Jury Prize.


1962: Co-starring couple (SPLENDOR IN the GRASS) Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty stroll the beach at Cannes.


1962: Marcello Mastroianni observes the crowds at Cannes from the balcony of his hotel room.


1962: Director Otto Preminger waves to onlookers with Walter Pidgeon and Gene Tierney who both starred in Preminger’s ADVISE AND CONSENT. The film was in competition at Cannes but didn’t win any awards.


1963: Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale tame a leopard in a publicity stunt & photo op for Luchino Visconti’s THE LEOPARD, which won the Palme d’Or.


1963: Bette Davis dazzles the crowd.


1963: Alfred Hitchcock tries to show Tippi Hedren the fine art of making shadow birds while at Cannes promoting THE BIRDS.


1963: The lovely Catherine Deneuve poses for photographers. She starred in Jacques Demy’s Palme d’Or winning film, THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG.


1964: Charles Boyer greets a Cannes’ attendee while Fritz Lang looks on. Both men were part of the 1964 Cannes Jury.


1965: Ray Brooks and Charlotte Rampling enjoying the beach at Cannes. Both actors appeared in Richard Lester’s THE KNACK… AND HOW TO GET IT, which won the 1965 Palme d’Or.


1965: André Maurois, Olivia de Havilland and Rex Harrison were all members of the 1965 Cannes Jury.


1965: Sean Connery draws a huge crowd of fans eager to to get his autograph. Connery was making headlines as the suave spy, James Bond.


1965
: Bikini-clad Carol Baker poses for eager photographers on the beach. She was there promoting her latest film, HARLOW.


1966: Francois Truffaut and Orson Welles share a laugh over lunch.


1966: Michael Caine engages in some self-promotion for his film ALFIE with help from a bevy of beautiful women. Apparently it wasn’t in vain because ALFIE walked away with a special Jury Prize that year.


1966: Raquel Welch arrives at Cannes on the back of a police motorcycle.


1966: Rock Hudson relaxes while at Cannes to help promote John Frankenheimer’s SECONDS.


1966: Sammy Davis Jr. and Kirk Douglas party the night away.


1967: Adine Trintignant, Monica Vitti,  Jean-Louis Trintignant and Michelangelo Antonioni enjoy a laugh while making their way down the red carpet. Jean-Louis Trintignant was there promoting Claude Lelouch’s A MAN AND A WOMAN while Monica Vitti was promoting Joseph Losey’s MODESTY BLAISE. Both films were in competition against Antonioni’s BLOW-UP, which took home the Palme d’Or.


1967: Glamorous acting couple Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave are stopped by photographers on the red carpet. Vanessa was there in support of Antonioni’s Palme d’Or winning film BLOW-UP.


1967: Cannes Jury members Shirley MacLaine and Alessandro Blasetti.


1968: Director Roman Polanski and wife Sharon Tate enjoy the beach at Cannes.


1968: Jane Birkin, George Harrison and Ringo Starr arrive in Cannes for the debut of WONDERWALL.


1968: Political strikes across France have brought the country to stand still. With mounting tension in the air directors Claude Lelouch, Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Louis Malle and Roman Polanski decide to come together in solidarity with the strikers. The festival is cancelled before any awards are handed out.


1968: Screenwriter Jacques Prevert and actors Simone Signoret and Michel Piccoli watch the tense proceedings with concern as the 1968 Cannes Festival comes to an abrupt end.


1969: The Festival returned the following year. In this photo actor turned director Dennis Hopper enjoys himself on the streets of Cannes with his EASY RIDER cast, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson.


1969: Romy Schneider chats with director and Cannes President Luchino Visconti.


1969: Charlton Heston, Peter Ustinov and Jason Robards share some drinks and some laughs.


1969: The decade comes to end with Claudia Cardinale presenting director Lindsay Anderson with his Palme d’Or for IF….

I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane! For information about the current Cannes Film Festival I recommend the following sites:
- The offical site of the 65th Cannes Film Festival
- Fandor’s Keyframe blog
- BFI | Sight & Sound: Cannes Festival Blog
- Indiewire

0 Response 65 Years of the Cannes Film Festival: An Early Photographic History Part II.
Posted By Margaret Perry Movies : May 24, 2012 11:23 am

Cannes looks like so much fun – just lolling about on the beach, signing autographs, posing for pictures, meeting glamorous people! Wish I could go! I love all you pictures – thanks for posting them!

Posted By Margaret Perry Movies : May 24, 2012 11:23 am

Cannes looks like so much fun – just lolling about on the beach, signing autographs, posing for pictures, meeting glamorous people! Wish I could go! I love all you pictures – thanks for posting them!

Posted By Anonymous : May 24, 2012 1:35 pm

Thanks so much for these gorgeous pictures. I’ve got to stop laughing at Vanessa Redgrave’s dress. Sean Connery would have been in Cannes in 1965 to promote THE HILL, which was entered in competition. If I remember the story correctly, Rex Harrison, who was on the jury, telegraphed to the government when it appeared that THE HILL might win, because it portrays an English military prison so unfavorably.

Posted By Anonymous : May 24, 2012 1:35 pm

Thanks so much for these gorgeous pictures. I’ve got to stop laughing at Vanessa Redgrave’s dress. Sean Connery would have been in Cannes in 1965 to promote THE HILL, which was entered in competition. If I remember the story correctly, Rex Harrison, who was on the jury, telegraphed to the government when it appeared that THE HILL might win, because it portrays an English military prison so unfavorably.

Posted By swac44 : May 24, 2012 1:55 pm

Sharon Tate always seems to me like the template for beauty a decade down the road.

Posted By swac44 : May 24, 2012 1:55 pm

Sharon Tate always seems to me like the template for beauty a decade down the road.

Posted By Juana Maria : May 24, 2012 4:27 pm

The photos last week were wonderful, and yet some how the photo this week are even better! The women are so beautiful and most of the men are so handsome! The photo of Widmark was not my favorite, I don’t think it was very flattering of him. The rest of the photos were superb! I love them so much! I wish I could send that picture of Sean Connery to my sister,but I probably can’t copy stuff off this site. Too bad. I really liked the photo with the cast of “Easy Rider”,but that just the Hippie in me! I still love Dennis Hopper and I misss him greatly! Every photo with Claudia Cardinale or Sophia Loren or Raquel Welch were special favorites of mine. I have always like the movie “The Leopard” since I first saw it years ago. I have seen most of these stars on TCM for several years now. I have also seen a lot of the films mentioned in the article. Thanks for the article and thanks TCM!!!

Posted By Juana Maria : May 24, 2012 4:27 pm

The photos last week were wonderful, and yet some how the photo this week are even better! The women are so beautiful and most of the men are so handsome! The photo of Widmark was not my favorite, I don’t think it was very flattering of him. The rest of the photos were superb! I love them so much! I wish I could send that picture of Sean Connery to my sister,but I probably can’t copy stuff off this site. Too bad. I really liked the photo with the cast of “Easy Rider”,but that just the Hippie in me! I still love Dennis Hopper and I misss him greatly! Every photo with Claudia Cardinale or Sophia Loren or Raquel Welch were special favorites of mine. I have always like the movie “The Leopard” since I first saw it years ago. I have seen most of these stars on TCM for several years now. I have also seen a lot of the films mentioned in the article. Thanks for the article and thanks TCM!!!

Posted By Kimberly Lindbergs : May 24, 2012 6:21 pm

Thanks for all the comments! I’m glad you’re all enjoying the photos. As for sharing them, please feel free to Juana. I believe that photo of Connery was from the official Cannes site and I’m sure they won’t mind you helping them promote the festival.

Speaking of Connery, he was officially in Cannes with the cast of THUNDERBALL in ’65 promoting the Bond franchise but I’m sure he helped promote THE HILL as well. Here’s a great video on Youtube from ’65 where Connery’s interviewed at Cannes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghkU4ZJSTq8

Posted By Kimberly Lindbergs : May 24, 2012 6:21 pm

Thanks for all the comments! I’m glad you’re all enjoying the photos. As for sharing them, please feel free to Juana. I believe that photo of Connery was from the official Cannes site and I’m sure they won’t mind you helping them promote the festival.

Speaking of Connery, he was officially in Cannes with the cast of THUNDERBALL in ’65 promoting the Bond franchise but I’m sure he helped promote THE HILL as well. Here’s a great video on Youtube from ’65 where Connery’s interviewed at Cannes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghkU4ZJSTq8

Posted By morlockjeff : May 24, 2012 8:44 pm

You have outdone yourself here. How can you top this? Unbelievable photos. Where did you get these? This is like a time machine back to a place I’ve never been but always wanted to go.

Posted By morlockjeff : May 24, 2012 8:44 pm

You have outdone yourself here. How can you top this? Unbelievable photos. Where did you get these? This is like a time machine back to a place I’ve never been but always wanted to go.

Posted By Kimberly Lindbergs : May 24, 2012 8:54 pm

Thanks, Jeff. I’m glad you enjoyed them. If you do stumble on a time machine and plan to take a trip back to Cannes circa ’65 please take me with you!

As for the photos, the official Cannes site made a lot of them available from their archives this year while others were dug up after various online searches (often leading to foreign language newspaper sites & blogs) and a few were scanned from old books/magazines I own.

Posted By Kimberly Lindbergs : May 24, 2012 8:54 pm

Thanks, Jeff. I’m glad you enjoyed them. If you do stumble on a time machine and plan to take a trip back to Cannes circa ’65 please take me with you!

As for the photos, the official Cannes site made a lot of them available from their archives this year while others were dug up after various online searches (often leading to foreign language newspaper sites & blogs) and a few were scanned from old books/magazines I own.

Posted By dukeroberts : May 25, 2012 12:18 am

Ah, the 60′s; when classy began to leave the planet. I am not one of those who yearns to go back in time to the 60′s. Some of these pictures are darn good though, specifically any of those showing Claudia Cardinale, Sophia Loren, Catherine Deneuve and that picture of the tragic beauty Sharon Tate. The picture of Sean Connery is pretty darn cool too. And seeing Harold Lloyd so much later in life was great. He looked great 40 years after his biggest silent successes. And seeing Walter Pidgeon, Gene Tierney, Bette Davis and Hitch was a particular delight.

Posted By dukeroberts : May 25, 2012 12:18 am

Ah, the 60′s; when classy began to leave the planet. I am not one of those who yearns to go back in time to the 60′s. Some of these pictures are darn good though, specifically any of those showing Claudia Cardinale, Sophia Loren, Catherine Deneuve and that picture of the tragic beauty Sharon Tate. The picture of Sean Connery is pretty darn cool too. And seeing Harold Lloyd so much later in life was great. He looked great 40 years after his biggest silent successes. And seeing Walter Pidgeon, Gene Tierney, Bette Davis and Hitch was a particular delight.

Posted By Alok : May 25, 2012 1:53 am

The woman with Charles Boyer and Fritz Lang is the great Indian actress Nargis. Great collection of photographs btw!

Posted By Alok : May 25, 2012 1:53 am

The woman with Charles Boyer and Fritz Lang is the great Indian actress Nargis. Great collection of photographs btw!

Posted By Juana Maria : May 25, 2012 8:26 am

Kimberly:Thanks for the video! It made my heart go pitter patter! I love Sean Connery!! Are you multi-lingual too?

Posted By Juana Maria : May 25, 2012 8:26 am

Kimberly:Thanks for the video! It made my heart go pitter patter! I love Sean Connery!! Are you multi-lingual too?

Posted By brad olson : May 25, 2012 11:21 am

FYI, that’s not a leopard w/Burt Lancaster, it’s a cheetah…

Posted By brad olson : May 25, 2012 11:21 am

FYI, that’s not a leopard w/Burt Lancaster, it’s a cheetah…

Posted By swac44 : May 25, 2012 6:01 pm

I feel bad for that cat, cheetahs never prosper.

Posted By swac44 : May 25, 2012 6:01 pm

I feel bad for that cat, cheetahs never prosper.

Posted By shadowsandsatin : May 25, 2012 10:45 pm

Wow, those were absolutely fabulous! I loved every picture.

Posted By shadowsandsatin : May 25, 2012 10:45 pm

Wow, those were absolutely fabulous! I loved every picture.

Posted By Jenni : May 26, 2012 10:23 pm

Great pics, but poor Vanessa Redgrave-that outfit is tres ugly!! Is that actor Richard Egan behind Shirley McClaine? It looks like him to me.

Posted By Jenni : May 26, 2012 10:23 pm

Great pics, but poor Vanessa Redgrave-that outfit is tres ugly!! Is that actor Richard Egan behind Shirley McClaine? It looks like him to me.

Posted By Juana Maria : May 29, 2012 11:57 am

Jenni:I do believe that is Richard Egan! I’ve watched a lot of his films, so I recognized him too. I agree whole heartedly that Miss Redgrave should have chosen a differnt outfit.

Posted By Juana Maria : May 29, 2012 11:57 am

Jenni:I do believe that is Richard Egan! I’ve watched a lot of his films, so I recognized him too. I agree whole heartedly that Miss Redgrave should have chosen a differnt outfit.

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