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Cannes: iconic artworks

Beautiful vintage posters

Art at Cannes isn't confined to the big screen and leading artistes - since the film festival began in 1946, its posters have provided a veritable treasure trove of aesthetic pleasure.

From original illustrations and muses to film set adaptations and conceptions by leading design agencies, each poster represents the cutting edge of art of its time. The ever-present Cannes motif of glamour merged with film is also evident within each of the images. With Cannes 2013 kicking off in style this week, we've pulled together the very best posters from the festival's 57 year history.

Click on an image to open the Cannes retro poster gallery. Got a favourite? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments section below.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1946

    Cannes Film Festival 1946

    Original illustration by Leblanc. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1946

    Cannes Film Festival 1946

    Original illustration by Leblanc.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1946

    Cannes Film Festival 1946

    Poster for the 1946 Cannes festival debut. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1946

    Cannes Film Festival 1946

    Poster for the 1946 Cannes festival debut.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1947

    Cannes Film Festival 1947

    Original illustration by Jean-Luc. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1947

    Cannes Film Festival 1947

    Original illustration by Jean-Luc.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1949

    Cannes Film Festival 1949

    Original illustration by G.C. Chavane. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1949

    Cannes Film Festival 1949

    Original illustration by G.C. Chavane.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1951

    Cannes Film Festival 1951

    Original illustration by A.M. Rodicq. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1951

    Cannes Film Festival 1951

    Original illustration by A.M. Rodicq.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1952

    Cannes Film Festival 1952

    Original illustration by Jean Don. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1952

    Cannes Film Festival 1952

    Original illustration by Jean Don.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1953

    Cannes Film Festival 1953

    Original illustration by Jean-Luc. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1953

    Cannes Film Festival 1953

    Original illustration by Jean-Luc.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1954

    Cannes Film Festival 1954

    Original illustration by Piva. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1954

    Cannes Film Festival 1954

    Original illustration by Piva.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1955

    Cannes Film Festival 1955

    Original illustration by Marcel Huet. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1955

    Cannes Film Festival 1955

    Original illustration by Marcel Huet.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1956

    Cannes Film Festival 1956

    Original illustration by Marcel Huet. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1956

    Cannes Film Festival 1956

    Original illustration by Marcel Huet.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1957

    Cannes Film Festival 1957

    1957 official poster. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1957

    Cannes Film Festival 1957

    1957 official poster.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1958

    Cannes Film Festival 1958

    Original illustration by Pon't. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1958

    Cannes Film Festival 1958

    Original illustration by Pon't.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1959

    Cannes Film Festival 1959

    Original illustration by Jouineau Bourduge. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1959

    Cannes Film Festival 1959

    Original illustration by Jouineau Bourduge.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1960

    Cannes Film Festival 1960

    Original illustration by Jean-Denis Maillart. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1960

    Cannes Film Festival 1960

    Original illustration by Jean-Denis Maillart.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1961

    Cannes Film Festival 1961

    Original illustration by A.M. Rodicq. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1961

    Cannes Film Festival 1961

    Original illustration by A.M. Rodicq.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1962

    Cannes Film Festival 1962

    Original illustration by A.M. Rodicq. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1962

    Cannes Film Festival 1962

    Original illustration by A.M. Rodicq.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1963

    Cannes Film Festival 1963

    Original illustration by Jean-Denis Maillart. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1963

    Cannes Film Festival 1963

    Original illustration by Jean-Denis Maillart.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1964

    Cannes Film Festival 1964

    Original illustration by Jean-Claude Moreau. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1964

    Cannes Film Festival 1964

    Original illustration by Jean-Claude Moreau.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1965

    Cannes Film Festival 1965

    1965 official poster. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1965

    Cannes Film Festival 1965

    1965 official poster.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1966

    Cannes Film Festival 1966

    Original illustration by Ferracci. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1966

    Cannes Film Festival 1966

    Original illustration by Ferracci.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1967

    Cannes Film Festival 1967

    Original illustration by Ferracci. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1967

    Cannes Film Festival 1967

    Original illustration by Ferracci.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1968

    Cannes Film Festival 1968

    Original illustration by Beaugendre. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1968

    Cannes Film Festival 1968

    Original illustration by Beaugendre.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1969

    Cannes Film Festival 1969

    1969 official poster. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1969

    Cannes Film Festival 1969

    1969 official poster.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1970

    Cannes Film Festival 1970

    Original illustration by Ferracci. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1970

    Cannes Film Festival 1970

    Original illustration by Ferracci.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1971

    Cannes Film Festival 1971

    1971 official poster. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1971

    Cannes Film Festival 1971

    1971 official poster.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1972

    Cannes Film Festival 1972

    1972 official poster. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1972

    Cannes Film Festival 1972

    1972 official poster.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1973

    Cannes Film Festival 1973

    1973 official poster. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1973

    Cannes Film Festival 1973

    1973 official poster.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1974

    Cannes Film Festival 1974

    Original illustration by Georges Lacroix. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1974

    Cannes Film Festival 1974

    Original illustration by Georges Lacroix.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1975

    Cannes Film Festival 1975

    Original illustration by Siudmak. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1975

    Cannes Film Festival 1975

    Original illustration by Siudmak.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1976

    Cannes Film Festival 1976

    Original illustration by Siudmak. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1976

    Cannes Film Festival 1976

    Original illustration by Siudmak.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1977

    Cannes Film Festival 1977

    Original illustration by Siudmak. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1977

    Cannes Film Festival 1977

    Original illustration by Siudmak.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1978

    Cannes Film Festival 1978

    Original illustration by Folon. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1978

    Cannes Film Festival 1978

    Original illustration by Folon.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1979

    Cannes Film Festival 1979

    Original illustration by Folon. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1979

    Cannes Film Festival 1979

    Original illustration by Folon.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1980

    Cannes Film Festival 1980

    Original illustration by Michel Landi. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1980

    Cannes Film Festival 1980

    Original illustration by Michel Landi.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1981

    Cannes Film Festival 1981

    Original illustration by Michel Landi. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1981

    Cannes Film Festival 1981

    Original illustration by Michel Landi.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1982

    Cannes Film Festival 1982

    Adapted from an original drawing by Federico… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1982

    Cannes Film Festival 1982

    Adapted from an original drawing by Federico Fellini.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1983

    Cannes Film Festival 1983

    Adapted from an original drawing by Akira… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1983

    Cannes Film Festival 1983

    Adapted from an original drawing by Akira Kurosawa.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1984

    Cannes Film Festival 1984

    Adapted from an original film set by Alexandre… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1984

    Cannes Film Festival 1984

    Adapted from an original film set by Alexandre Trauner.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1985

    Cannes Film Festival 1985

    Conception by Information and Strategie. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1985

    Cannes Film Festival 1985

    Conception by Information and Strategie.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1986

    Cannes Film Festival 1986

    Conception by Information and Stratégie. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1986

    Cannes Film Festival 1986

    Conception by Information and Stratégie.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1987

    Cannes Film Festival 1987

    Original illustration by Cueco. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1987

    Cannes Film Festival 1987

    Original illustration by Cueco.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1988

    Cannes Film Festival 1988

    Original illustration by Tibor Timar. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1988

    Cannes Film Festival 1988

    Original illustration by Tibor Timar.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1989

    Cannes Film Festival 1989

    Original illustration by Ludovic. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1989

    Cannes Film Festival 1989

    Original illustration by Ludovic.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1990

    Cannes Film Festival 1990

    Original illustration by Castella Traquandi. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1990

    Cannes Film Festival 1990

    Original illustration by Castella Traquandi.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1991

    Cannes Film Festival 1991

    Original illustration by Philippe and Pascal… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1991

    Cannes Film Festival 1991

    Original illustration by Philippe and Pascal Lemoine.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1992

    Cannes Film Festival 1992

    Marlene Dietrich's portrait by Don English.… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1992

    Cannes Film Festival 1992

    Marlene Dietrich's portrait by Don English. Conception by Michel Landi.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1993

    Cannes Film Festival 1993

    Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious by… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1993

    Cannes Film Festival 1993

    Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious by Alfred Hitchcock. Conception by Michel Landi.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1994

    Cannes Film Festival 1994

    Adapted from an original drawing by Federico… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1994

    Cannes Film Festival 1994

    Adapted from an original drawing by Federico Fellini.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1995

    Cannes Film Festival 1995

    An original illustration by Ryszard Horowitz. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1995

    Cannes Film Festival 1995

    An original illustration by Ryszard Horowitz.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1996

    Cannes Film Festival 1996

    An illustration by DDB les Arts agency. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1996

    Cannes Film Festival 1996

    An illustration by DDB les Arts agency.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1997

    Cannes Film Festival 1997

    An illustration by DDB les Arts agency. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1997

    Cannes Film Festival 1997

    An illustration by DDB les Arts agency.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1998

    Cannes Film Festival 1998

    An illustration by DDB les Arts agency. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1998

    Cannes Film Festival 1998

    An illustration by DDB les Arts agency.

  • Cannes Film Festival 1999

    Cannes Film Festival 1999

    Original illustration by Jean-Pierre Gendis. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 1999

    Cannes Film Festival 1999

    Original illustration by Jean-Pierre Gendis.

  • Cannes Film Festival 2000

    Cannes Film Festival 2000

    An original illustration by Lorenzo Mattoti. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 2000

    Cannes Film Festival 2000

    An original illustration by Lorenzo Mattoti.

  • Cannes Film Festival 2001

    Cannes Film Festival 2001

    2001 Cannes poster. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 2001

    Cannes Film Festival 2001

    2001 Cannes poster.

  • Cannes Film Festival 2002

    Cannes Film Festival 2002

    2002 Cannes poster. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 2002

    Cannes Film Festival 2002

    2002 Cannes poster.

  • Cannes Film Festival 2003

    Cannes Film Festival 2003

    Original illustration by Jenny Holzer. More details

    Cannes Film Festival 2003

    Cannes Film Festival 2003

    Original illustration by Jenny Holzer.

  • Cannes Film Festival 2004

    Cannes Film Festival 2004

    Illustration by Alerte Orange, communication and… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 2004

    Cannes Film Festival 2004

    Illustration by Alerte Orange, communication and graphic design agency.

  • Cannes Film Festival 2005

    Cannes Film Festival 2005

    Original illustration by Frédéric Menant and… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 2005

    Cannes Film Festival 2005

    Original illustration by Frédéric Menant and Tim Garcia from It'suptoyou agency.

  • Cannes Film Festival 2006

    Cannes Film Festival 2006

    Created by Gabriel Guedj (Agence Magazine), from… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 2006

    Cannes Film Festival 2006

    Created by Gabriel Guedj (Agence Magazine), from a photography by Wing Shya for Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love.

  • Cannes Film Festival 2007

    Cannes Film Festival 2007

    During the previous Festival de Cannes, hundred… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 2007

    Cannes Film Festival 2007

    During the previous Festival de Cannes, hundred artists "jumped" in front of the lens of Magnum photographer Alex Majoli.

    The result is this photograph that graphic designer Christophe Renard composed to mark the 60th anniversary of Cannes.

  • Cannes Film Festival 2008

    Cannes Film Festival 2008

    By Pierre Collier, a cinema poster artist , who… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 2008

    Cannes Film Festival 2008

    By Pierre Collier, a cinema poster artist , who worked from a photograph by David Lynch.

  • Cannes Film Festival 2009

    Cannes Film Festival 2009

    Created by Annick Durban and inspired by the late… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 2009

    Cannes Film Festival 2009

    Created by Annick Durban and inspired by the late Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni.

  • Cannes Film Festival 2010

    Cannes Film Festival 2010

    Created by Annick Durban from a photograph of… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 2010

    Cannes Film Festival 2010

    Created by Annick Durban from a photograph of Juliette Binoche by Brigitte Lacombe.

  • Cannes Film Festival 2011

    Cannes Film Festival 2011

    Designed by the Paris-based design agency H5 and… More details

    Cannes Film Festival 2011

    Cannes Film Festival 2011

    Designed by the Paris-based design agency H5 and featuring a retro image of Faye Dunaway.

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