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The Cannes Film Festival like you have never seen before

By Monali Sarkar
Last updated on: May 23, 2017 15:41 IST
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A young Arnold Schwarzenegger in swimwear, Cary Grant setting airport chic standards, a socialite even the Kardashians can't keep with and other vintage moments from the film festival on La Croisette.
Monali Sarkar captures Cannes scenes you won't forget!

Brigitte Bardot Cannes

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No one owned the Cannes beach like Brigitte Bardot did.

Just three years before she was captured running barefoot along the waves in 1956, an 18-year-old Bardot caused quite the stir at Cannes by posing in a bikini at the beach.

Grace of Monaco

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Grace Kelly with the mayor of Cannes during a luncheon at the Hotel Martinez, during the film festival in 1955 -- the year she met and fell in love with Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

A year later she became Princess Grace of Monaco.

Ginger Rogers and Kim Novak

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Just another day at Cannes: Ginger Rogers, right, and Kim Novak, left, in 1956.

Sophia Loren

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The legendary Sophia Loren poses on the window ledge of her hotel in Cannes to promote the Italian film Nella Citta L'Inferno in 1959.

Cary Grant Cannes

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Our idea of airport chic will never be the same again -- actor Cary Grant at Paris airport, en route to Cannes after the release of Operation Petticoat in 1959.

Zsa Zsa Gabor Cannes

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The Kardashians have nothing on actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor, seen here at the festival in 1960, when it comes to being famous for being famous.

La Dolce Vita

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Guests get into the spirit of the festival and recreate a classic scene from La Dolce Vita at a party thrown by French photographer Louis Dalmas at Cannes in 1960.

Hitchcock Cannes

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Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren put the thrill in Cannes with The Birds premiere in 1963.

Christine Keeler

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When model Christine Keeler was photographed at Cannes in 1963 no one knew that a month later her affair with British Secretary of State for War John Profumo -- known as the Profumo affair -- would lead to his resignation.

Vanessa Redgrave

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A Vanessa Redgrave moment in 1967. They don't make them like her any more.

Ringo Starr and Polanski Cannes

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When Beatle Ringo Starr, left, met director Roman Polanski. It was 1968. The Beatles were still together and Polanski was not a convicted rapist.

Erich Segal Cannes

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The world couldn't get enough of his Love Story in 1971, so how could Cannes be complete without its author, Erich Segal? Professor Segal was photographed with French actress Michele Morgan.

Helen Mirren and friends Cannes

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Chilling between films at Cannes in 1973, from left, Helen Mirren, Malcolm McDowell, Alan Price (at the piano), Lindsay Anderson, Rachel Roberts and Miroslav Ondricek break into a tune.

Dustin Hoffman and Vadim Cannes

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Cannes, it's the place celebrated directors like Roger Vadim hung out with celebrated actors like Dustin Hoffman in 1975.

Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston Cannes

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The then 'It' couple, Jack Nicholson, left, and Anjelica Huston, second from left, at the festival in 1974, when Nicholson won the Best Actor award for his performance in The Last Detail.

Cannes flags and hostesses

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A line-up of hostesses to welcome guests to Cannes in 1976. Can you spot the Indian Tricolour?

Shabana Azmi Smita Patil Cannes

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From left, Shabana Azmi, Shyam Benegal and Smita Patil with their film Nishant at Cannes in 1976.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Cannes

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, who first became famous as Mr Universe for his physique, at Cannes in 1977 with the Folies Bergere cabaret girls.

In picking some of her favourite moments from 70 years of Cannes, Lisa-Marie Rae, director of entertainment, Getty Images, told BBC, 'A young Arnold Schwarzenegger wore a pair of budgie smugglers on the beach and flexed his muscled body to thousands of people who showed up to his non-traditional photo call for the film Pumping Iron.'
'This certainly was one of the more unconventional moments we have seen at the festival in its 70-year history.'

Elizabeth Taylor and George Hamilton

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What's a 40th anniversary -- in 1987 -- without actors like Elizabeth Taylor and George Hamilton?

Pulp Fiction cast cannes

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From left, John Travolta and Uma Thurman laugh as Quentin Tarantino and Bruce Willis shout during a photo call for Pulp Fiction, which went on to win the Palme d'Or, the top Cannes award, in 1994.

Sandra Bullock Cannes

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Sandra Bullock gets some love from Gandhi director Richard Attenborough, left, and actor Chris O'Donnell, right, during the In Love and War photo call in 1996.

Michael Jackson Cannes

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The 50th anniversary of the film festival in 1997 sparkled brighter when the King of Pop Michael Jackson, right, climbed the red-carpeted stairs of the festival palace.

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