The Cannes Film Festival In 21 Iconic Photos

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:

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Arnold Schwarzenegger 1977

Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival, where he presented the documentary "Pumping Iron." AFP/Getty Images

David Bowie 1978

David Bowie posing at the 1978 Cannes festival. Ralph Gatti/AFP/Getty Images

Quentin Tarantino Bruce Willis

Quentin Tarantino and Bruce Willis in 1994 making an appearance for the premiere of "Pulp Fiction." Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images

Luptia Nyong'o

Luptia Nyong'o at the Premiere of "La Tete Haute" ("Standing Tall") in 2015. Ben A. Pruchnie/French Select

First Festival 1947

Stars parading in the streets of Cannes for the first festival in 1946. AFP/Getty Images

Johnny Depp Iggy Pop

Johnny Depp with Iggy Pop, 1997. Pop composed the music for Depp's directorial debut, "The Brave." Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett at the "How to Train Your Dragon 2" premiere in 2014. Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Gary Cooper

Actor Gary Cooper among his adoring fans at Cannes in 1953. AFP/Getty Images

Jack Black

A publicity stunt that involved actor Jack Black's arrival by boat (and several performers in Panda costume) for the 2008 movie "Kung Fu Panda." Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

robert deniro sophia loren

Robert De Niro and Sophia Loren show off their 1983 awards. Ralph Gatti/AFP/Getty Images

Billy Bob Thorton

Billy Bob Thornton makes good on the “bad” in the name "Bad Santa," the film he appeared at Cannes in 2004. Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty Images

Brad Pitt Quentin Tarantino

Brad Pitt "supports" Quentin Tarantino at the premiere of "Inglorious Basterds" in 2009. Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Warren Beatty Natalie Wood

Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood in 1962. AFP/Getty Images

Natalie Portman George Lucas

"Star Wars" pals Natalie Portman and George Lucas joke for the camera at the "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" premiere, 2005. Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

Kirk Douglas Martin Sheen

Kirk Douglas (left) and Martin Sheen attend the 32nd annual festival in 1979. Ralph Gatti/AFP/Getty Images

Cara Delevingne

Model Cara Delevingne attends the Cannes premiere of "The Great Gatsby" in 2013. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks hamming it up on a photo call for the Coen Brothers' film, "The Ladykillers," in 2004. Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

Eva Longoria

Actresses Eva Longoria and Aishwarya Rai take a selfie at the Cannes premiere of "Carol," 2015. Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

Robert Redford

1972 photo of Robert Redford (left) and director Sydney Pollack (second from left) posing at Cannes with pianist Arthur Rubenstein (far right) and his wife, Nela. Staff/AFP/Getty Images

Tom Hiddleston Tilda Swinton

Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton appearing at Cannes in 2013 for "The Only Lovers Left Alive." Ian Gavan/AFP/Getty Images

Ryan Gosling Kiss

Ryan Gosling and Nicholas Winding Refn celebrate the latter's 2011 win for best director. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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15-Year-Old Uncovers Lost Mayan City Using Google Maps

Mayan City

A satellite image (left) added weight to William Gadoury’s theory — developed using Google Earth images (right) — that he had found the platforms of lost Mayan pyramids. Images: William Gadoury/CSA/Google

Using only a star chart and Google Earth, a Canadian teenager claims to have discovered the ruins of an ancient Mayan city in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula — and he might actually be right.

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21 Memorial Day Quotes To Help Commemorate American Heroes

No nation has achieved prosperity without sacrifice, typically borne by servicemen and women. Their work — always grueling, often thankless and occasionally fatal — lays the foundation for expanded freedoms and opportunities at home both today and tomorrow. Here are 21 Memorial Day quotes to help you commemorate those whose blood and sweat afford you comfort and security:

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Memorial Day Quotes

"Aspire rather to be a hero than merely appear one."

-- Balthasar Gracian, Spanish philosopher and Jesuit

Flanders Fields 100 Years Since The Great War

"For love of country they accepted death."

-- James Garfield.

Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

JFK Country

"Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."

-- John F. Kennedy.

Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Benjamin Disraeli Cane

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.

-- Benjamin Disraeli, British prime minister

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

US President Bill Clinton Poses For Photographs Af

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."

-- Bill Clinton.


Soldiers From 4th Brigade Combat Team Return From Afghanistan Deployment

"The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children."

-- William Havard, playwright.

Photo: Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

Norman Schwarzkopf

"It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle."

-- U.S. Army General Norman Schwarzkopf

George Patton

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived."

-- General George S. Patton

Charles Sangster

"The hero dead cannot expire: The dead still play their part."

-- Charles Sangster, Canadian poet

Billy Graham

"Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened."

-- Billy Graham

Bob Marley

"Better to die fighting for freedom than be a prisoner all the days of your life."

-- Bob Marley

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Eric Burdon

"On Memorial Day, I don’t want to only remember the combatants. There were also those who came out of the trenches as writers and poets, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live."

-- Eric Burdon, of The Animals

George Washington

"Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism."

-- George Washington

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Joseph Campbell

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."

-- Joseph Campbell, American writer

Mark Twain

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."

-- Mark Twain

Joseph Rodman

"And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave."

-- Joseph Rodman Drake, American poet


"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"

-- Maya Angelou


"Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave."

-- Prophet Muhammad


"Only the dead have seen the end of war."

-- Plato

Schuyler Colfax

"These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea."

-- Schuyler Colfax, American politician and journalist

Thomas Campbell

"The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree."

-- Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet

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