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    A Potted History of the Cannes Film Festival

    A Potted History of the Cannes Film Festival

    • 1935 and 1936. The representatives of Western democracies attending the Mostra di Venezia were shocked by the influence of the fascist governments of Italy and Germany on the selection of films and the decisions of the jury. France, and particularly its Minister for Education and Fine Arts, Jean Zay, proposed the creation, in Cannes, of an international cinema event. • June 1939. Louis Lumière, inventor of the cinema, informed Georges Huisman, Director General for Fine Arts, that he was prepared to preside over the first International Film Festival, scheduled to take place in Cannes from 1 to 20 September. ...


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