The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival (known prior to 2002 as the International Film Festival) gets underway today, showcasing the crème de la crème of movies from around the world. Originally founded in 1946, the star-studded and paparazzi-ridden 11-day-film-fest has become one of the most well-known and well-respected events in cinema. I don't know how to put this, but it's kind of a big deal.
Unsurprisingly, there have been more iconic moments than stars on the Hollywood walk of fame (there are more than 2,500 stars, in case you were wondering). Not to mention the number of careers that have been catapulted into the big league thanks for some well-timed Cannes attention.
To celebrate this year's festival — opened by Woody Allen's Café Society — which will no doubt create some new moments, let's take a visual journey through some historical photographs below: