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Ricky Derisz

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:

1. The Poster From The First-Ever Event In 1946

2. The 1951 Event Poster

3. Tilda Thamar And Kirk Douglas In 1953

4. Doris Day And Her Husband Martin Melcher In 1955

5. Elizabeth Taylor And Her Husband Mike Todd In 1955

6. Ginger Rogers In 1956

7. The 1960 Event Poster

8. Natalie Wood And Warren Beatty In 1962

9. Elke Sommer Is Surrounded By Photographers In 1962

10. Otto Preminger In 1963

11. Michael Cane Poses With Models In 1966

12. The 1972 Event Poster

13. David Bowie Poses In 1978

14. The 1985 Event Poster

15. Princess Diana And Prince Charles Arrive In 1987

16. An Ensemble Of Directors, Including Akira Kurosawa, In 1990

17. The 1997 Event Poster

18. Johnny Depp And Kate Moss Arrive In 1998

19. The 2004 Event Poster

20. Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Pose For The Cameras In 2008

21. Ryan Gosling Kisses Drive Director Nicolas Winding Refn In 2011

22. The 2012 Event Poster

What are your favorite memories from the Cannes Film Festival?


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