Through the years, posters for the Cannes Film Festival emulate simplicity without compromising visual appeal. Take a look at some vintage Cannes posters from the past and the equally classy ones from the recent years.
Posters are never missing in every event, especially in film festivals as prestigious as the Cannes Film Festival. Every year, the event that bestows the so-called Holy Grail of cinema presents to the public simple yet classy representations of the festival’s glamour. We’ve scoured the web (some found by MUBI, our partner at Cannes) for some nice vintage posters from the birth of the festival and also some beautiful contemporary ones from recent years. Enjoy!
The poster featuring an illustration by Jean Gabriel Daumergue for the supposed first Cannes Film Festival in September 1939. It had to be cancelled when World War II started. (Photo via Channel 4)
The Cannes Film Festival finally debuted in 1946, seven years after it was cancelled due to the start of World War II. Here is a poster for the first Cannes Film Festival held on September 30 to October 5, 1946. (Photo via Words & Eggs).
Some seaside-themed posters for the Cannes Film Festival in the 1950’s, highlighting the little seaside town where all the glamour in the film biz happens. (Photo via MUBI)
A.M. Rodicq created some semi-abstract illustrations featuring shooting stars for the 1961 and 62 Cannes Film Festival posters. (Photo via MUBI)
Georges Lacroix gives the festival an air of surrealism with his winged eyeball poster for the 1974 Cannes Film Festival. (Photo via L’Express)
Cannes Film Festival poster designs for 1978 – 79 by Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon, featuring film strips and simple artwork.
Poster for the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. (Photo via Movie Poster Shop)
Poster for the 60th Cannes Film Festival in 2007, featuring jump shots of Hollywood celebrities Penelope Cruz, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson, French actor and filmmaker Gerard Depardieu, French artist and actress Juliette Binoche, Spanish director, scriptwriter, and producer Pedro Almodovar, and Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai. Magnum photographer Alex Majoli took the individual photos while Christopher Renard made the composite for the poster. (Photo via Alt Film Guide)
Cinema poster artist Pierre Collier was inspired by a David Lynch photograph and came up with this design for the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. (Photo via Film Filia)
Poster for the Cannes Film Festival in 2009, inspired by a photogram from 1960 film L’Avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni. (Photo via Mike’s Movie Projector)
Poster for the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, featuring French actress Juliette Binoche writing “Cannes” , and photographed by New York-based French photographer Brigitte Lacombe. (Photo via The Independent)
And finally, the elegant poster for the 64th Cannes Film Festival. It features a photograph of actress Faye Dunaway, taken by director Jerry Schatzberg in 1970. The sleek snapshot is part of the photo series taken for Esquire magazine. (Photo via Gordon and Whale)
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