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35 of the most fabulous photos from the Cannes Film Festival archives

From Arnold Schwarzenegger flexing his pecs on the beach, to an Antonio Banderas sandwich, the Cannes Film Festival has provided us with a lot more entertainment than what is shown on the movie screen.

May 19, 2022
By Anna Mendoza
19 May 2022

1. Julie Delpy in 2002

The French-American actor attends the Searching For Debra Winger premiere. (Pascal Le Segretain / GETTY IMAGES)

2. Cecile Gendre, Jerry Hall and Muriel Launay in 2002

The American model wades into the water at Gallion Beach to pose in between the French actors. (Pascal Le Segretain / GETTY IMAGES)

3. Antonio Banderas, Rie Rasmussen and Rebecca Romijn in 2002

The Femme Fatale co-stars at their festival movie screening. (Pascal Le Segretain / GETTY IMAGES)

4. Penélope Cruz in 2003

The Fanfan actor turned the camera on the photographers during a photocall for the movie that opened the 2003 festival. (Pascal Le Segretain / GETTY IMAGES)

5. Meg Ryan in 2003

The Sleepless In Seattle actor was part of the jury at the 2003 event. (Steve Finn / GETTY IMAGES)

6. Maria Menounos in 2003

The American actor tried, and failed, to blend in with the press at The Matrix Reloaded screening.
(Pascal Le Segretain / GETTY IMAGES)

7. Tricia Stewart, Helen Mirren, Julie Walters and Angela Baker in 2003

The Calendar Girls cast kept their clothes on for this photo shoot at Carlton Beach, despite their comedy being about disrobing in the name of charity. (Scott Barbour / GETTY IMAGES)

8. Cannes fans in 2003

Three young women walk through the streets of Cannes in outrageous outfits during the 56th annual festival. (Scott Barbour / GETTY IMAGES)

9. Ewan McGregor in 2003

Fittingly for the documentary he was there to plug, the Scottish actor rode up La Croisette on a motorcycle for the screening of Faster. (Steve Finn / GETTY IMAGES)

10. Linda Hardy in 2003

The actor and former Miss France made an appearance at the Les Égarés premiere. (Georges De Keerle / GETTY IMAGES)

11. Cassandra Peterson in 2003

The former Las Vegas showgirl and actor whose name is synonymous with her Mistress of the Dark character, Elvira, took to Rado Beach in full costume for a photocall for her movie Elvira’s Haunted Hills. (Evan Agostini / GETTY IMAGES)

12. Nicole Kidman in 2003

Her film Dogville was up for a Palme d’Or award at the 56th annual festival. (Steve Finn / GETTY IMAGES)

13. Béatrice Dalle in 2003

The French “bad girl” arrived at the Time Of The Wolf screening with a cigarette between her teeth as an accessory. (Evan Agostini / GETTY IMAGES)

14. Henri Leconte in 2003

At the Les Invasions Barbares screening, the French former tennis player was loved up with his then-girlfriend Florentine, who became his wife in 2005. (Scott Barbour / GETTY IMAGES)

15. Meg Ryan in 2003

Juror Meg Ryan also attended amfAR’s “Cinema Against AIDS” benefit. (Scott Gries / GETTY IMAGES)

16. Laura Linney and Kevin Bacon in 2003

Mystic River stars Linney and Bacon wave to the crowds before the screening of the movie. (Pascal Le Segretain / GETTY IMAGES)

17. Elizabeth Hurley and Arun Nayar in 2003

The British actor and model attended the festival closing ceremony with her then-boyfriend Nayar, who she married in 2007. (Scott Gries / GETTY IMAGES)

18. Keanu Reeves in 2003

While not up for an award, The Matrix Reloaded, in which Reeves starred, was shown at the 2003 event. (Frank Micelotta / Getty Images)

19. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1977

Before he became an actor and politician, Schwarzenegger first became famous as Mr Universe for his magnificent physique, which he showed off on a Cannes beach, surrounded by performers from the famed Folies Bergėre. (KEYSTONE / GETTY IMAGES)

20. Brigitte Bardot in 1956

The French actress certainly knew how to make a splash, as evidenced during some time away from the red carpet at the 1956 festival. (George W Hales / GETTY IMAGES)

21. Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren in 1963

The famed director explored Cannes with the leading lady for his latest film, The Birds, which premiered at the event. (KEYSTONE / GETTY IMAGES)

22. Francesca Annis, Roman Polanski and Jon Finch in 1972

The English actors appeared in the controversial filmmaker’s version of Macbeth, which was showing at the festival. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

23. Tilda Swinton in 2004

Getting political, the British actor showed her support for protesting French part-time film and theatre industry workers at the opening ceremony of the 57th Cannes Film Festival. (Evan Agostini / GETTY IMAGES)

24. Orlando Bloom, Brad Pitt and Eric Bana in 2004

The trio were at the 2004 fest to plug their new film Troy. (Evan Agostini / GETTY IMAGES)

25. Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt in 2004

The Hollywood heavyweights dressed to impress at the world premiere of Troy at the festival. (Evan Agostini / GETTY IMAGES)

26. Will Smith, Angelina Jolie and Jack Black in 2004

The famous voices behind the animated feature Shark Tale got to play around while promoting their latest movie venture. (Evan Agostini / GETTY IMAGES)

27. Mike Myers in 2004

In a nod to his green-ogre alter-ego, Myers attended the Shrek 2 party in Cannes in a whimsical headband. (Carlo Allegri / GETTY IMAGES)

28. Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino in 2004

If looks could kill … the director and his leading lady posed together at the photocall for their movie Kill Bill 2: Volume 2. (Evan Agostini / GETTY IMAGES)

29. Sophia Loren in 1959

The Italian film star sits on the window ledge of her hotel in Cannes, where she was promoting the Italian film Nella Citta L’Inferno (aka Caged). (KEYSTONE / HULTON ARCHIVE / GETTY IMAGES)

30. Pattie Boyd and George Harrison in 1968

The Beatles’ lead guitarist and his then-wife were spotted at London Airport on their way to the 21st Cannes Film Festival. (George Stroud / EXPRESS / HULTON ARCHIVE / GETTY IMAGES)

31. Celebrity watchers in 1959

Fans on the seafront outside the Carlton Hotel waiting for film stars to arrive during the 1959 event. (KEYSTONE / HULTON ARCHIVE / GETTY IMAGES)

32. Rank Organisation stars in 1956

Actors Muriel Pavlow, Belinda Lee, Tony Wright, Susan Beaumont and Julia Annall board an airplane bound for the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. (J Wilds / KEYSTONE / GETTY IMAGES)

33. Betta St John, June Laverick and Anne Heywood in 1957

The Rank Organisation actors leave London Airport for Cannes. (J Wilds / KEYSTONE / GETTY IMAGES)

34. Yoko Tani in 1955

The French-Japanese actor travelled in one of the flower-bedecked coaches during the famed Battle Of Flowers at the festival. (HULTON ARCHIVE / GETTY IMAGES)

35. Princess Grace of Monaco in 1955

What would a photo wrap-up of the festival be without a photo of Grace Kelly, seen here having lunch at the Hotel Martinez with the mayor of Cannes. (FOX PHOTOS / HULTON ARCHIVE / GETTY IMAGES)
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