On #ThisDayinHistory 1946, the first annual Cannes Film Festival opened: The festival had initially intended to make its debut 1939, but the outbreak of World War II forced its cancellation #AceHistoryNews – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Sept.20: The world’s first annual international film festival was in Venice in 1932, but by 1938, the Venice Film Festival had become a vehicle for Fascist and Nazi propaganda Outraged, France decided to organize an alternative film festival and in June 1939, the establishment of a film festival at Cannes, was announced in Paris #AceNewsDesk reports

Films were selected and the filmmakers and stars began arriving in mid-August……Among the American selections was “The Wizard of Oz.” France offered “The Nigerian,” and Poland “The Black Diamond.” On the morning of September 1, the day the festival was to begin, Hitler invaded Poland……….In Paris, the French government ordered a general mobilization, and the Cannes festival was called off after the screening of just one film: director William Dieterle’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” After the war France’s provincial government approved a revival of the Festival de Cannes as a means of luring tourists back to the French Riviera. 18 nations were represented and nine films were honored with the top award: Grand Prix du Festival……Now, more than 30,000 people come to Cannes each May to attend the festival, about 100 times the number of film devotees who showed up for the first Cannes in 1946. #Cannes #filmfestival #filmhistory #France #1940s #AceHistoryNews

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