The Venice Film Festival is not for everyone.
The end of summer, the weather has turned and wherever you go, there’s still a nostalgic vibe in the air. No better world describes the festival, after all. It’s that nostalgic, moody light which makes everything, actors included, look like they are starring in a French-inspired black and white movie. The Venice Film Festival echoes the greatest voices of the cinema and that’s probably why it still maintains a strong authority when it comes to deciding what’s, potentially, Oscar-worthy and what’s not.
Browsing through some pretty wonderful pictures courtesy of The Harper’s Bazaar archive, we have found some of the best iconic moments from the oldest and most prestigious festival of all time.
Have a look at some of our favourite snaps from the Venice Film Festival past and present NOW.
Founded by sculptor Antonio Maraini, Lucian De Feo, and businessman Giuseppe Volpi in 1932, the festival has always represented the very best when it comes to the international film scene. In 1954, Marlon Brando’s festival appearance granted him the status of ‘timeless talent’. On the Waterfront (1954), which was in competition at the festival, won him not only the love of movie critics all over the world but also the Oscar for best actor.Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Tom Ford portrayed as they arrive at the lagoon wearing to present A Single Man, Ford’s directorial debut. The movie premiered in Venice in 2009 and granted Firth an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
Brigitte Bardot waving at the press as she arrives at the festival for the premiere of the film “En cas de malheur” (“Love is my profession”) directed by Claude Autant-Lara in 1958.
Our very favourite, Sophia Loren, portrayed on the terrace of the apartment Canal Grande, wearing a white embroidered dress in 1955. That’s the year she starred in The Sign of Venus transitioning from national treasure to Hollywood A-lister.
It doesn’t go more glamour than this.Or does it?
Lady Gaga presenting “A Star is Born” only a few days ago. Directed by Bradley Cooper, the movie is a 2018 American musical romantic drama film produced and directed by Bradley Cooper, in his directorial debut. The movie is a remake of the original 1937 film (which featured Janet Gaynor and Fredric March) of a, later, 1954’s musical (starring Judy Garland and James Mason) and then of the 1976’s rock musical with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
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