FIRST CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
Today celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. The first one ran from September 20 to October 5, 1946 and included participants from 21 countries.
The US was represented by Billy Wilder’s Lost Weekend, which brought home a best actor award for Ray Milland, and shared the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film with 10 other entries.
Notably missing from the winners’ list is Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious, which may have been hampered by the fact that the reels were run in reverse order.
Next year, which actually will be the 75th festival, expect the French Riviera to be lit up with stars.
Here is Ortelius’s map of Provence, or the French Riviera, from 1602.
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