This is a visual history of the world's greatest film festival, the Cannes festival, from its beginnings in 1939 to the present day. It includes a beautiful collection of portraits of the greatest film stars, actors and directors from around the world. It provides 600 photographs taken by three generations of photographers from the Traverso family. From Louis Lumiere to Quentin Tarantino, Grace Kelly to Penelope Cruz, all the greatest film-makers and stars are immortalized here. It gives a warm and personal approach to the development of the festival and that of cinema. Each portrait is accompanied by a short and anectotal text written by Serge Toubiana, Director of the Cinematheque Francaise.
Serge Toubiana is the director of Cinémathèque française and was editor-in-chief of Cahiers du cinéma from 1981 until 2000. He has also written many books about cinema, including co-authoring a biography of François Truffaut (2000) and The Misfits: Story of a Shoot (2000).
Auguste, Henri and Gilles Traverso have succeeded each other as photographers at Cannes since the beginning of the twentieth century. The millions of images that are assembled in their family archives form an extraordinary treasure-trove.