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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How The Bikini Has Changed Over Time

From string bikinis to high-waisted bottoms and cutouts, bathing suit options are endless these days — patterns and styles exist for everyone and every body type.

But that wasn’t always the case. The swimwear we recognize today didn’t really emerge until the early 1900s, and as the following images show, women’s swimwear has definitely come a long way since then:

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towel dry

In the early 1800s people began to flock to beaches for sunny (and water-filled) amusement, which called for water-activity appropriate clothing.

In that time, modesty was key. Women wore long bathing dresses with weights to hold down the dress in the water and bloomers or stockings. Photo: Kean Collection/Getty Images

woman in bathing suit

Bathing machines (seen above) were designed to protect the modesty of bathers. Pulled to the edge of the sea by horses, they were moved according to the tides. Would-be bathers then could enter the machine at the back fully clothed and emerge in a swimming costume straight into the sea. Photo: Flickr

bathing suits vintage

Women in bathing suits on Collaroy Beach, 1908. Photo: Colin Caird/Flickr

stripes running

Women dressed in bathing suits walk arm in arm on a sandy beach, circa 1910. Photo: Underwood Archives/Getty Images

vintage swimsuit

A woman models the latest in beach costumes in 1918. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images


In the early 1900s, bathing suits no longer camouflaged the contours of the female body. The heavy fabrics were reduced to show a little more of the woman's figure and to allow for exposure to the sun. Photo: Wikimedia

three girls

Three young women pose in swimsuits and their swimming competition medals. Photo: Trialsanderrors/Flickr

bathing suit

The one-piece garment seen above was the norm around 1910. Though matching stockings were occasionally worn, vintage swimwear began to shrink, exposing more and more flesh. Photo: Anyjazz65/Flickr

tube suit

In the 1920s and early 1930s body hugging suits were in style. They were less restrictive and were cut at the upper thighs. Photo: STAFF AFP/Getty Images

bikini pagent

Filattering a woman's figure became the focus of the 1940s with elements like sweetheart necklines and ruching. Photo: Marion Hobbs/Flickr

hand painted umbrella

In 1959, two models pose in hand painted swimsuits in Australian Women's Weekly magazine. Photo: Bess Georgette/Flickr

hats bikini

In 1946 the two-piece suit emerged. Necklines plunged at the back, sleeves disappeared and sides were cut away and tightened. Three swimsuit models present June 1951 at Paris Molitor open-air swimming pool the new two-piece bikini and matching pareos. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

pink two piece

Frances Vorne, the model above, in a waist up photo wearing a bow tied bathing suit. Photo: Bettmann/Getty

sports illustrated swimsuit

Sports Illustrated published its first swimsuit edition on January 20, 1964, with model Babette March on the cover sporting a simple, white bikini. Photo: Sports Illustrated

rock beach bikini

In the early 1950s, the bikini went mainstream. Photo: David Zellaby/Flickr

vintage yellow bikini

The early 1960s comprised the era of the SoCal-style beach party and the "itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot bikini." Photo: Classic Film/Flickr

magazine advertisement

A magazine advertisement shows popular styles in 1967. Photo: Classic Film/Flickr


In the 1980s, high-cut bottoms were everywhere, making it no coincidence that Brazilian waxes were introduced to the U.S. in 1987. Photo: Carlton Abas/Flickr 2000

Bay Watch

High-cut one piece swimsuits grew in popularity due to the popular show "Baywatch." The show ran in its original title and format from 1989 to 1999. Photo: NBC

florence griffith joyner

Olympic athlete Florence Griffith Joyner made sporty bathing suits popular in 1988. Photo: Tony Duffy/Getty Images


Pageant models, like Miss Nicaragua 1999 (above), have historically showed off their tans and big hair in skimpy bikinis. Miss Universe Organization/Getty Images

victoria's secret

In 2002, Victoria's Secret swimwear was introduced. Victoria's Secret.

Swim Suits For All

In today's stores, you can find swimsuits made for a wide range of body shapes promoting body acceptance. Swim Suits For All.

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26 Wacky and Ornate Hat Creations Found at the Kentucky Derby

Though it’s one of the shortest sporting events in existence, what the Kentucky Derby lacks in length it makes up for in hats — lots and lots of hats.

The long-established Southern tradition started with the vision of Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr, the bulder of Churchill Downs, the race’s historic setting. Clark — the grandson of famed adventurer and explorer William Clark — wanted the Derby to be a high-class event similar to the races taking place in Europe, which mandated full morning dress for men and women.

The Derby quickly became just as much about the fashion as the racing. The hats, however, didn’t really start to take center stage until the 1960s, when social fashion norms loosened up and TV gave women a reason to stand out. The hats became larger, brighter, and more extravagant. As the following photos of Kentucky Derby hats show, not much has changed since then:

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Horses Kentucky Derby

Jeff Gentner/Getty Images

Flamingo Flowers

Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Roses Horses

Rob Carr/Getty Images


Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Horse Head

Luke Sharrett/AFP/Getty Images

Eyes Hat

Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images


Luke Sharrett/AFP/Getty Images

Riding Hat Horse

Dylan Buell/Getty Images


Stephen J. Cohen/WireImage/Getty Images

Old Lady Flowers

Jamie Squire/Getty Images

White Watch

Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Tall Hat

Jamey Price/Getty Images

Colorful Sisters

Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

Flamingo Couple

Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Horse Stable

Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Kentuck Derby

Jamey Price/Getty Images

Rose Hat

Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Mint Julep

Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Miss Usa

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Churchill Downs


Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Pink Hat Kentucky Derby

Jamey Price/Getty Images

Coco Rocha

Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Old Man Buttons

Luke Sharrett/AFP/Getty Images


Harry How/Getty Images

Two Hats

Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Big Red

Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images

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What We Loved This Week, May 1 – 7

Unbelievable photos of the world’s most polluted city, a photo history of the streets of New York, the 29 weirdest animals on Earth, photographer moves New York’s landmarks to strange locales, inside America’s infamous prison for terrorists.


From National Geographic: “In a dump in Bhalswa, Delhi, that seems to stretch for miles, a young girl searches for plastic.” Photo: Matthieu Paley

Photographer Documents The World’s Most Polluted City


From National Geographic: “Children also act as recyclers, searching the polluted Yamuna River for religious items tossed in from bridges above. The objects, ranging from coins to small metal statues, can then be given to recycling shops for money.” Photo: Matthieu Paley

New Delhi is a city of extremes: The Indian capital is half the size of Rhode Island, and has a population twice as big as New York City. Most extreme, however, is the amount of pollution that exists within its borders.

While Beijing — and more broadly, China — often takes the cake for the world’s most polluted place, in 2014 the World Health Organization found that “Delhi’s air contained several times more fine particulate pollution than Beijing’s,” National Geographic reported.

To get an idea of what that looks like on the ground, National Geographic photographer Matthieu Paley spent five days in Delhi, documenting what he saw. From the jaundiced haze stacked atop the city skyline to the reams of trash floating lazily along the Ganges River, you don’t want to miss these photos.

Pollution Men

From National Geographic: “A boy and his father make a home underneath an overpass in Delhi. They will look through trash for pieces of metal to recycle for money.” Photo: Matthieu Paley

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