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Leading Ladies: the Sirens of Cannes

Today Twitter has been ablaze with talk of the Cannes Film Festival 2010. The Guardian have been commenting on this year’s “strong Asian and Russian presence”, others have been losing sleep over this Icelandic plume of volcanic ash which will have a devastating effect on the turn-out to this year’s festival and therefore the entire film industry (apparently). And once again Cameron Diaz has been pulled out of the press cookie jar with that timeless quotation – “So where is the Cannes film festival this year?”

To be timely, and since the sun is shining today in London,we thought we’d bunch together some of our rarest Cannes material from the archive for you. And yes – we do have heaps of it! From the very first Cannes festival in 1946 to the private villas parties of the 1960s stars – British Pathé were there documenting everything as furiously as you’d expect from the 20th century’s leading newsreel makers.

In this special Cannes archive that we’ve pieced together for you today you can enjoy rare clips of directors like Luc-Godard and Hitchcock; spy on famous actresses of the day like Sophia Loren or Jeanne Moreau; there’s ace beach footage and poolside gossip too, not to mention the Cannes street carnivals and red carpet arrivals. Why not pour yourself a Martini and sit back with some of this great archive footage of Cannes, the world’s most loved film festival.

The stars arrive at the first ever Cannes Film Festival

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