The Cannes Film Festival History

The Cannes Film Festival History

Summary: When everyone is not talking about world cup soccer, the people in France talk about the Cannes Film Festival. Read on for the Cannes Film Festival history.

When they’re not talking about world cup soccer, the people in France talk about the Cannes Film Festival. Equally celebrated this event is as great as the world cup soccer, but it comes with all the glitz and glamour of the stars and auteur and not of the sweat and deafening cacophony of the spectators.

The Cannes Film Festival is the world’s most prestigious big screen celebration. This non public festival is held annually in Cannes of southern France usually during the month of May. And most attendees are distinguished cinema personalities all over the world. With the assemblage of the film industry leaders, the Cannes Film Festival has also become an attractive prospect market for professionals on scent for future projects and deals.

Such spectacular event should have an equally spectacular history behind it. So how did the Cannes Film Festival history came to be?

The Cannes Film Festival history was really an indirect result of fascist activity in Europe prior World War 2. In those days a competitive International Film Festival did exist in Venice, the Mostra di Venezia with a number of European nations among the competitors. But those with fascist ideology clearly have an advantage over the hosting nation and they have a considerable leverage. This caused major distrust over the proceedings of the Festival and many have been disillusioned.

A local outcry occurred after Jean Renoir’s “La Grande Illusion” was preferred over a German piece called “Olympia”, which is a clear favorite with the jury and participants. A major disagreement soon erupted and a good many participants and a number of British and American juries withdrew from the festival. In effect, the “La Grande Illusion” became a Cinematographic Enemy No. 1. in the German allied areas. The one who commissioned the film “Olympia” which depicts the heroic successes of the German athletes of the Olympics held in Berlin during 1938 was also the one who vetoed “La Grande Illusion” from the Axis nations.

Guess what the “La Grande Illusion” was all about? It is an anti-war film, yet it occurred during the world war. The story is about three French prisoners and how they manage to deal with their confinement by the Germans. The film has themes portraying ideas about humanity, relationships, loyalties, and identities.

After the event in Venice turned sour, those critics and filmmakers got together to petition an alternative film festival to be held in Cannes. At first, the negotiations turned out poorly due to the deteriorating relations between fascist and non fascist nations. But eventually, the group consisting of Philippe Erlanger, Robert Favre Le Bret, and Louis Lumière (co-inventor of cinema), made the government gave way for the festival to be realized. The rest was then the Cannes Film Festival History. For the most parts of the Cannes Film Festival History, Robert Favre Le Bret was on the helm of the organization.