The 1st annual Cannes Film Festival
was held from 20 September to 5 October 1946
. Twenty-one countries presented their films at the "First Cannes International Film Festival", which took place at the former Casino of Cannes. Only one year after the end of World War II
, most of the films were about the war. There arose several technical issues, such as the tarpauline cover blowing away in a storm on the day before the winners were to be announced, the reels of Hitchcock’s Notorious
shown in reverse order, and George Sydney’s The Three Musketeers
During the first festival, the jury was made up of one representative per country, with French historian Georges Huisman as the Jury President. With more emphasis on creativity than in competiveness, eighteen nations presented their films. Eleven of them tied for the first Grand Prix
of the International Festival. Read more...