The Cannes Film Festival In 21 Iconic Photos

Published May 11, 2016
Updated February 10, 2017

Over the 70 years of the Cannes Film Festival, it’s easy to see why those in attendance always seem to be beaming.

Jetting off to the French Riviera to attend what’s literally an 11-day party — filled with posh accommodations, movie premieres every day and soirees every night — would put a smile on even the grumpiest of faces.

But Cannes is meant to offer more than parties. “The festival de Cannes is a celebration of cinematographic art,” festival director Thierry Frémaux told the French National Assembly’s Commission for Cultural Affairs last year.

“We exist to showcase the new writing, new genres and new visual innovations of our time. Every year in May, Cannes gives a sort of snapshot — both ephemeral and lasting, when one adds up the years — of what constitutes the art of cinema.”

With that in mind, here are some of our favorite snapshots from Cannes Film Festivals past:

Arnold Schwarzenegger 1977
David Bowie 1978
Quentin Tarantino Bruce Willis
Luptia Nyong'o
The Cannes Film Festival In 21 Iconic Photos
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Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.