Cannes @ 75: 20 September 1936-2021

Critical Divides wishes Festival de Cannes and everyone involved with it over the years, all the very best on the 75th anniversary of the start of the very first festival on 20 September 1946.

The festival had been due to start in September 1939, but the outbreak of World War II closed the festival before it opened. Seven years later the 1946 festival ran from 20 September to 5 October and the festivities started in the gardens of the original Grand Hôtel by the American singer Grace Moore singing “La Marseillaise”.

It was said at the time that Cannes offered: “The finest films in the world presented in the finest setting in the world”. That spirit remains true 75 years on.

In 1951 the festival moved to its spring date that we now all know so well, and in May 2022 the actual 75th festival will take place and the celebrations can begin.

A celebration of 75 years of the best of cinema, glamour, business and more that is to be told in the film “Cannes Uncut”.

Joyeux 75e anniversaire.

“Cannes Uncut”… 75 years of the Cannes Film Festival in a new documentary

With 2022 marking the 75th anniversary of the world’s best known film festival, the feature documentary Cannes Uncut will delve behind the scenes of the gloriously glamorous and glitzy event that has come to represent the best in cinema and the business of showbusiness.

The creative and production team behind Cannes Uncut – Colin Burrows, Richard Blanshard and Critical Divide’s Mark Adams and Chris Pickard – will be filming and conducting interviews at Cannes 2021, the 74th festival, to sit alongside archive material, with the film being ready for the 2022 festival to coincide with diamond jubilee celebrations. Sales agents negotiations are being finalised.

The Cannes Film Festival is famous as an event brimming with stories and characters as outlandish and dramatic as the films that have premiered there, and Cannes Uncut will celebrate the great films as well as the wild parties; the spectacular promotional stunts as well as the iconic talents; the glorious successes and the infamous failures.

This is the documentary that dares to detail all the glamour, red carpets, craziness, deals, parties, movies, and personalities that saw the business of show business implant itself at the Cannes Film Festival. It offers an exciting high-adrenaline, roller-coaster experience of what has played out over the years.

In the decades following its launch in 1946 this initially modest French event established itself as the world’s pre-eminent film festival, and grew to define sophisticated film glamour as the world came to love the images and stories of the stars and starlets as they romped the sunny Cannes beaches by day, looked resplendent in sparkling jewellery and the finest of fashions on the red carpet and partied hard and late into the night.

Some 75 years on, the glorious excesses, triumphs and failures of Cannes is a story that is ready to be told. A story brought together by a band of brothers and sisters who have spent far too many decades pounding the Croisette, sweeping up the red carpet, hiding in the sales bunker, and drinking and carousing late into the night at the Petit Carlton and glamorous parties.

The “Cannes Uncut” team:

  • Colin Burrows is an independent producer, publicity consultant and CEO of the Special Treats Production Company, Europe’s leading production house for audio-visual coverage of the film industry. Clients include all the Hollywood majors, the Bond films for over 25 years, the Harry Potter films, and the The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit films.
  • Richard Blanshard is an award-winning photographer producer, director and director of photography. His career began with special still photography on feature films and television and he was the official photographer to the US and UK film industries at the Cannes film Festival for more than 20 years.
  • Chris Pickard has covered the global film and television industries as a journalist, commentator and critic for more than three decades. He was editor-in-chief of Moving Pictures International, and edited and produced publications at the Cannes, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Sundance, Rotterdam and Karlovy Vary film festivals. He has attended and covered Cannes for more than 20 years.
  • Mark Adams is a critic, writer and film festival consultant. He was most recently Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, joining the festival in 2015. He was Chief Film Critic and Reviews Editor for film trade paper Screen International for four years, and has also been a film critic for VarietyThe Hollywood Reporter and Moving Pictures International.

Cannes picks Marilyn Monroe as its 65th anniversary poster girl

The 65th Cannes Film Festival has selected a photo of Marilyn Monroe, taken by Otto L. Bettmann, as the poster for the 2012 festival.

“Fifty years after her death, Marilyn is still a major figure in world cinema, an eternal icon, whose grace, mystery and power of seduction remain resolutely contemporary,” the festival explained in a statement issued with the poster. “The Festival poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality — a moving tribute to the anniversary of her passing, which coincides with the Festival anniversary. She enchants us with this promising gesture: a seductively blown kiss. The Festival is a temple of glamour and Marilyn is its perfect incarnation. Their coming together symbolizes the ideal of simplicity and elegance.”

The Italian filmmaker and 2001 Palme d’Or winner, Nanni Moretti, heads the jury at this year’s festival.

The 2012 Cannes Film Festival will take place 16 – 27 May, its closing night coinciding with the Monaco Grand Prix.