When 22-year-old photographer Richard Blanshard arrived at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976, he had no idea that he would become an official photographer for the UK and US film industry for the next two decades. His first assignment was to photograph Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly as they promoted their movie That's Entertainment, Part II. It was to be the first of many.
What would be unthinkable today, Blanshard had unfettered access to the stars as they worked, partied and relaxed throughout their time at Cannes. His photographs were designed to document both candid, personal moments together with glitz and glamour to create international publicity.
Featured within are many of the great and established of the ‘Golden Years’ of Hollywood at a time when they mixed with the upcoming stars of the era. Accompanied by extensive captions, which offer the reader an uncensored and revealing insight into the stories behind each image, this book is a must-buy for all cinephiles.
Today, the only images from Cannes come from the red carpet. Through this remarkable collection, Blanshard lifts the lid on what really happened behind the scenes at the world’s most iconic film festival. In an age where actors and actresses are ever mindful of their reputations, we’ll never see another collection quite like it.