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Movie City: Cannes

Posted May 19, 2010 to photo album "Movie City: Cannes"

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Cannes | A Town of and in the Movies

Cannes, the site of so many film premieres, has also stepped in front of the camera in more than a few cases. Sometimes, like with Hitchcock’s elegant 1955 thriller To Catch a Thief or Frank Oz’s 1988 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cannes is cast for its glamorous look, being, with other spots along the French Riviera, a playground for the rich and famous. For others, the film festival itself acts as a film’s setting, whether it be for comic effect (Steve Bendelack’s Mr. Bean’s Holiday) or for intrigue (Brian De Palma’s Femme Fatale). And then there are the documentaries. Cannes is the inevitable destination in films about making movies. Tony Montana and Mark Brian Smith’s Overnight follows bartender Troy Duffy to Cannes on his way to becoming a film director (and then self destructing). And Wim Wenders’ experimental interview film Chambre 666 has different directors at Cannes go into a room alone to answer the question “What is the future of cinema?”