At the Cannes Film Festival, the most memorable scenes tend to be on the beach.?
At the Cannes Film Festival, the most memorable scenes tend to be on the beach. Despite a serious note of late in the international film community, and some thought-provoking films seen in the 23rd Festival, the starlets as usual got most of the publicity.
The Film Festival opened on Saturday, May 8th, and films from 15 nations were to be shown during the Festival fortnight.
Big stars who attended included Italy's Marcello Mastroianni, Sweden's Bibi Anderson, and America's Liza Minelli.
Among the favourites for top awards were Frances "Les Choses De La Vie". directed by Claude Sautet, Italy's "Dramma Della Gelosia", starring Marcello Mastroianni, and Monica Vitti, and the British film "Leo the Last", directed by John Boorman.
Although the starlets were determined to catch the eye, encouraged by cameramen, observers felt that incidents like the one in 1969, when a nude young English starlet crashed a Festival Garden Party, were likely unlikely this year.
And a sombre note was to be struck on May 10, when the Festival was pay tribute to actress Sharon Tate, brutally murdered in her Los Angeles home, with a showing of her last film.
SYNOPSIS: Each year, the French Riviera town of Cannes welcome the international film community, when Film Festival fortnight comes along. In 1970 the starlets were as determined as ever to catch the eye, despite the feeling among top stars, film directors and press that the 23rd Festival might turn out to be a more discreet affair. There were certainly some thought-provoking films to be shown.
The pressmen of the world felt., however, that most of the big news at the Festival would be made on the beach. Something really sensational is needed to catch the eye, and so some really memorable scenes are played out far from the cinema of Cannes.
During Festival week, the cavorting on Cannes beaches is all part of the film industry's publicity machine. Some say it's all highly artificial, but it does help the Festival to catch the public's attention.
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