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In pictures: The glamour of Cannes in black and white

The Cannes Film Festival has wrapped up for another year — a colourful swirl of celebrity, fashion and French chic. But the soul of Cannes will always be black and white, a hangover from the ’50s and ’60s when Cannes became synonymous with glamour.

May 27, 2022
27 May 2022

CANNES: The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most colourful spectacles in the world — all Cote d’Azur sunshine, palm trees and glittering ballgowns. But the soul of Cannes will always exist in black and white.

The images that first made Cannes synonymous with glamour were captured in monochrome — pictures that still linger in the collective fantasy of the French Riviera extravaganza, where thousands descend annually to participate in a grand, gaudy tradition in the name of cinema.

For the 75th edition of Cannes, which wrapped at the weekend with the presentation of the Palme d’Or, Associated Press photographer Petros Giannakouris has stalked the red carpet and paced the Croisette seeking glimpses of classic Cannes. In his images past and present eras collide, evoking the timeless allure of the world’s largest film festival.

Here is the sensational swirl of life in Cannes, where dresses get caught in elevators, eyes turn whenever an official car’s doors open and the lobbies of grand hotels hum with activity. For Giannakouris, who was shooting in Ukraine up until late April, it was a welcome break from reality.


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