In its sixty year history, the Cannes Film Festival has been filled to the brim with spectacle, rivalry, controversy and of course, great movies. From its post-war beginnings in 1946, having been delayed by the war itself, we see how the festival attracted the biggest stars to its shores including Errol Flynn and Brigitte Bardot in its early days through to the current crop of Hollywood superstars.
This programme is available as a one hour special or a 3 x 30' series. HD and archive footage.
The episode breakdown is as follows:
Episode 1 - IN THE BEGINNING
The festival is established as a response to Mussolini's control of the existing Venice Film Festival. It becomes an inspiration to a generation still recovering from the impact of WWII by attracting the biggest stars of the time including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and legendary director Orson Welles. Its reputation spreads worldwide alongside that of its most famous regular visitor, Brigitte Bardot.
Episode 2 - REBELLIOUS TIMES
The French New Wave directors including Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard cause massive controversy and manage to get the event cancelled in 1968. Sophia Loren becomes the new queen of the festival and the Golden Boys of American cinema including Martin Scorces and Robert Altman become regular winners of the Palme d'Or.
Episode 3 - NOW AND THEN
We hear from the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino, Mike Leigh and many others about the festival as it is today. Cannes still attracts the biggest stars in the world but it is also the most prestigious film festival where all the world's greatest directors want to show their films.