The Cannes Film Festival, the international market-place for the world's feature films, got under way on Tuesday (16 May).
LV INTERIOR: Officials arriving at Palais de Festival.
CU: Japanese delegates arrives.
CU: French actress Claudine Auger poses for photographers (2 SHOTS)
CU: French actor Jean Marais accompanied by local personality Madeleine.
SV: French actors Claude Blasseur and Michel Piccoli (right) poses for photographers. (2 SHOTS)
CU: Actress Romy Schneider arrived and poses.
CU: Swedish actress Liv Ullmann.
CU: Italian actress Agostina Giusti.
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Background: The Cannes Film Festival, the international market-place for the world's feature films, got under way on Tuesday (16 May).
SYNOPSIS: It is the thirty-first annual Cannes festival. In contrast to some previous festivals, Cannes this year is in a mood of serious money-making. Gone are the scantily-clad starlets which for some years were traditional for this event. Instead, serious actresses like Claudine Auger posed for photographs with all their clothes on, while the businessmen of the film world looked at films, and decided what to buy during the next year. The Cannes festival has attracted more than twenty films from fifteen countries in the main section, and hundreds more outside the competition. Actors and actresses are there to promote their films. Frenchman Jean Marias and Madeleine, one of this year's few genuine starlets; as well s Claude Blasseur and Michel Piccoli were anxious to be seen and to draw attention to their latest films. Romy Schneider was another international star at Cannes. Last year, the festival generated business worth an estimated eight million francs, or almost two million dollars.
The Swedish actress Liv Ullmann is the only woman on the jury which will decide which films will be given official awards. But the majority of business transacted at Cannes during the next two weeks will be done outside the framework of the official festival.