Brigitte Bardot in a bikini on a French Riviera beach in the early 1950s. Quick — name a single photograph in existence that reminds you less of
The only movie in existence that has less to do with that bikini shot? Well, try
Whatever their flaws and limitations, I treasure both films. Many do. Others resist or detest them, or would never even try them, just as they would never try green eggs and ham until coerced in rhyme.
But think about this. If the Cannes Film Festival, the 65th edition of which begins Wednesday, is all about cinematic ambition and green eggs and ham, how to explain the popular triumph last year of
Of the eventual nine best picture Academy Award nominees this year, three premiered last year at Cannes. "The Artist" (which won the Oscar) and "The Tree of Life" played in competition;
Some years the festival embraces Hollywood and Americana in its lineups with a passion bordering on obsession. This appears to be one of those years. As critic Robert Koehler has noted (writing for the Film Society of
It's easy to see Cannes as a sunnier version of
In its dazzling blend of high and low culture, its influence over what the rest of the movie world will screen and showcase and debate the rest of the year, or the year afterward, Cannes cannot be overestimated. Onetime Palme d'Or jury President
Speaking for everyone who's ever been to Cannes, or dreams of its annual crop of cinematic discoveries, Eastwood added: "There's nothing else quite like it."
The 65th Cannes Film Festival opens Wednesday with
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