Cannes 1939 Poster

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C'est magnifique!

You'd think a film festival set on the banks of the crystal blue French Riviera would sell itself, but apparently even these vistas need a little publicity. Since the Cannes Film Festival's debut in 1946, event organizers have commissioned an array of beautiful, intricately designed, and sometimes trippy posters to promote the festivities. Take a peek here at the early years. (Pictured: The poster for the first proposed Cannes Film Festival, which was to be held in 1939. It was ultimately postponed until 1946 because of World War II.)

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