It’s been 68 years since the Cannes Film Festival was first held on the French Riviera, setting a glamorous precedent for one of the world’s most exciting and esteemed cultural events. A melting pot of business, art, fashion and, of course, film, Cannes has a rich history with international appeal, drawing thousands of movie buffs to the Promenade de la Croisette every year.
The worldly feel of the festival is what makes it so special. It was at Cannes in 1955 when American actress Grace Kelly first met her future husband, Prince Rainier of Monaco III, during a photocall. Despite the movie star's reported initial indifference, the meeting proved to be historic.
"I think he's very charming," she said after making the Prince's acquaintance.
The couple were wed in Monaco one year later in a ceremony that was watched by an estimated 30 million people on television and dubbed "the wedding of the century.” In 2014, the moment came full circle, as Nicole Kidman’s biopic, Grace of Monaco, premiered at the festival (albeit, to mixed reviews).
Were it not for Cannes, the world may never have known about Brigitte Bardot. The stunning French actress first arrived to the festival as an unknown, but quickly became a sex symbol after photographers vied for images of the gorgeous star wearing a two-piece swimsuit on the beach – a scandal at the time.
Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Sean Connery; there's no shortage of stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood who made their mark at Cannes. Here, Hello! look back at some of the most glamorous, black-and-white images from past film festivals.