CANNE’S SCREEN SHOTS
By Naomi Barling
Every year Charles Finch draws a star-studded crowd with his annual Filmmakers Dinner during the Cannes Film Festival. This year he is celebrating the craft of cinema with a special photo exhibition called Screen Shots. Swiss luxury watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre and the talent agency Finch & Partners have collaborated in the production of this original photographic exhibition that will be showcasing ‘The Art of Behind The Scenes’. The show will be held at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes from May 15 2015, coinciding with the annual Cannes Film Festival.
Finch is the 46-year-old British media man who holds the prestigious annual Finch’s dinner at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc during Cannes. He has been socializing around Hollywood for years as a screenwriter, actor, director and agent and now plays host to this celebrity-packed event.
Jean Zay, Minister for Education and Fine Arts, was keen to establish an international cultural event in France to rival the Venice Film Festival, this lead to him founding the International Film Festival at Cannes.
The first Festival was meant to be held in Cannes in 1939 under the presidency of Louis Lumière. However, it was not until over a year after the war ended that it finally took place, on 20 September 1946. It was then consequently held every September except in 1948 and 1950 before its date got moved to May in 1952, and has been held during this month every year since.
While early editions of the Festival were primarily a social event from which almost all of the films went away with an award, the appearance of stars from around the world on the Festival’s red carpet and increasing media coverage quickly earned it a legendary international reputation. In the 1950s, the Festival became a must for the world’s elite thanks to the attendance of celebrities such as Kirk Douglas, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, Cary Grant, Romy Schneider, Alain Delon, Simone Signoret and Gina Lollobrigida.
This Behind the Scenes exhibition features images from some of the world’s most accomplished ‘on-set’ photographers like Eve Arnold, Burt Glinn and Terry O’Neill. The exhibition is a celebration of the visual art of photography, allowing us all the opportunity to travel back and rediscover some legendary films as well as iconic directors and actors. It features some extremely rare images of stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Clint Eastwood and Audrey Hepburn giving us insight into the lives of these starts behind the camera.
The world of cinema allows us all to dream, and a huge number of people are involved in the production of a great movie. There are the actors and directors, cameramen and editors, costume designers and sound specialists as well as film score composers and set photographers. Each contributes to the final outcome in a unique and important way. This exhibition aims to celebrate all the people involved in the creation of great cinema.
Screen Shots will be exhibited for May 15 at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes.