Bienvenue a Cannes
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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Festival de Cannes, here's an eye-opening view of the celebrated event that brings the moguls, celebrities and especially the adoring film crowd to one of the most gorgeous cities on Earth.
Richard Schickel's new documentary, "Bienvenue a Cannes," covers it all: the high stakes surrounding showing a film at Cannes as well as the dizzying lights, camera and action that follow flavor-of-the-month celebrities and actors around the site. And, of course, the urgency of being seen at the fest's nightlife and its equally important daytime activities. Revealing interviews with Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Weinstein, Wim Wenders and a slew of others make this a must-see docu.
Ironically -- or maybe not -- the best part of the docu is its footage of days gone by at the Cannes fest. Here, we get the chance to gaze upon the youthful faces of Sophia Loren, Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau and their glamorous like. The great directors also were there: Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Alain Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut.
All in all, the way the past bumps up against the present in this lively and spirited docu makes it clear why all film avenues lead to Cannes.