Cannes Film Festival 50 Years Ago: Photo Flashback

German actress Elke Sommer at Cannes in 1962

Paul Schutzer

updated 05/15/2012 AT 12:00 PM ET

originally published 05/16/2012 AT 7:00 AM ET

These days, Hollywood’s most familiar faces – from Leonardo DiCaprio to Kirsten Dunst to Angelina Jolie – bring their star power to the French Riviera for the Cannes Film Festival.

But before them, glitz and glamour was defined by big-screen veterans such as Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood (pictured here in black-and-white nearly 20 years before she mysteriously drowned).

In honor of the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival, which begins Wednesday with a screening of Wes Anderson’s star-studded Moonrise Kingdom (its ensemble cast includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton), is paying homage to old Hollywood with photographs taken at the festival 50 years ago in 1962, such as this snapshot of Wood.

Cannes is also commemorating the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, and the blond bombshell graces the festival’s official poster.


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