5 Sensational Cannes Festival Moments Captured
Unlike the glamorous greatest show on earth – Oscar,Cannes Festival is more like a temple of the greatest cinema around the world.It witnessed more cinema masters and legends than any other film festivals,I’m excited to present 5 old photos of Cannes I found online which speaks for its own charm.
The Taking of Power by Nouvelle Vague
Jean Cocteau, François Truffaut, and Claude Chabrol at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.
Why it’s sensational:Poetic,sentimental,bourgeoisie critical,three trademark qualities of French cinema are embedded here,the composition of the French trio is interesting,Jean Cocteau,the French cinema pioneer is in the corner,while the figures of François Truffaut and Claude Chabrol take charge of the whole frame,their times had come.
The Real Leopard
Burt Lancaster and Claudia Cardinale promote their film The Leopard at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival. The film, directed by Luchino Visconti, won the Palme d’Or that year.
Why it’s sensational: Simply because it WOWed me,when you brought a leopard with you,how dare the jury not give you the top prize? However,the tone of the picture is totally wrong with me,Burt Lancaster looked much younger than the character he played in the film,so did the leopard,which happens to be against the theme.
The Masters’ Share
Andrei Tarkovsky and Robert Bresson share Best Director honors at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.
Why it’s sensational:The most poetic cinema met the most realistic cinema on the same stage,and they got the same recognition,only Cannes could do that.Also it marks the dusk of the best times of European cinema.
“They haven’t Forgotten Us”
Emir Kusturica and Theo Angelopoulos at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
Why it’s sensational:Yugoslavia and Greece,one being the most politically vibrant and the other being the most ancient nation,have been forgotten too long in the cinema world.Both giants,the greatest directors ever in their own countries,finally gained the spotlight after each won the Palme d’Or in 1995 and 1997.
The Last Laugh
Edward Yang, Jonathan Chang, and Kelly Lee at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Yang received Best Director honors for his film Yi Yi.
Why it’s sensational:After presenting the life scroll in his epic family drama,the legendary Taiwanese master left us at the age of 60,left us a heritage of unmeasured value,and will always be remembered as the best Chinese language film director ever,not one of.
How about you? Which photo strikes you to the core?
More Cannes Festival old photos here