The Cannes Film Festival is gearing up for its 65th year and to celebrate they have chosen Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe to grace the poster artwork to promote this year’s film fest. Not only is this year the 65th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival but it is also the 50th anniversary of Monroe‘s death … so, I guess, it seemed fitting to use her as this year’s poster star. Click below to check out the Marilyn-centric poster for this year’s 65th annual Cannes Film Festival.
The Cannes Film Festival has chosen none other than legendary actress Marilyn Monroe as the icon for its 2012 festival. The late blond bombshell is featured in an official poster to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the festival. In the black-and-white image, which was taken by photographer Otto L. Bettmann, Monroe is seen seductively blowing out a candle on a birthday cake. Designed by The Bronx agency in Paris, the one-sheet also aims to pay tribute to the star in the 50th anniversary of her death. In a press release issued on Tuesday, February 28, Cannes Festival explained why it picked Monroe as the icon for its 65th edition:
“Fifty years after her death, Marilyn is still a major figure in world cinema, an eternal icon, whose grace, mystery and power of seduction remain resolutely contemporary. Each of her screen appearance sparks the imagination. The Festival poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality, a moving tribute to the anniversary of her passing, which coincides with the Festival anniversary. She enchants us with this promising gesture: a seductively blown kiss. The Festival is a temple of glamour and Marilyn is its perfect incarnation. Their coming together symbolizes the ideal of simplicity and elegance.”
This year the Cannes Film Festival will run from May 16 to 27. I have to say, as morbid as it may be to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe‘s death, I do think the folks at Cannes have chosen well by selecting her to be their poster star this year. There is no actress alive or dead that embodies Hollywood like Marilyn Monroe does. This image of her blowing out the candle is just … iconic. I approve of this poster and enjoy it very much … do you?