How the prestigious Cannes Film Festival became a major event – Edexlive
That’s enough, says France.
Well, they didn’t literally say it. But when the world’s first, and now oldest, international film festival in Venice began to show a penchant for films that advanced fascist and Nazi propaganda, the French Republic decided to step up. The French decide to organize one of their own festivals in June 1939. The dates are set from September 1 to 20 and films like The Wizard of Oz from America and the USSR Tomorrow is war have been selected. The charming seaside town of Cannes was chosen as the meeting place. But on September 1, when the party was due to begin, Germany invaded Poland. After the screening of a single film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the festival was canceled because France began to mobilize troops and two days later the French and British declared war on Germany.
The festival was supposed to start on September 20, 1946 and it actually did. After World War II, it all started and the Côte d’Azur came to life. Movies like The lost weekend, the open city, the battle of the rails and many others found an audience and nine films received the grand prize, the Grand Prix du Festival.
And that’s how the Cannes Film Festival began.