Thursday, April 05, 2007

Tales Of A Festival

A huge archive of footage from the Cannes film festival has gone online today. Clips can be streamed for free, while many can also be purchased for around 50p-75p a pop to download.

The database is fully searchable and users can also submit their own clips shot during the fest.

Here are some of my favourite clips found in my first, rather cursory, search through. Be aware that many have French narration with no subtitles and, very often, if anybody does sepak English, they have a French translator mixed over the top.

Groucho Marx talks about the political aspect of his films, and Alfred Hitchcock plays detective on a boat.

Interview with American director Quentin Tarantino in Paris about the upcoming release of his movie Pulp Fiction, recipient of the Palme d'Or at the 1994 Festival de Cannes

Extract of the award ceremony and Grand Prix to If... by Lindsay Anderson.

The winners of the 36th festival: Andrei Tarkovski, the Monty Python team, Hanna Schygulla and Gian Maria Volonte

The Palme d'Or at the 53rd Festival de Cannes this evening crowns Dancer in the Dark, the film from Danish director Lars Von Trier. Icelandic singer Björk, who plays the heroine in this musical drama, won the Best Actress Award. Interview with Lars von Trier (about Björk) and interview with Björk. The Best Actor Award is bestowed on Tony Leung for his role in In the Mood for Love; Jiang Wen for Devils on the Doorstep; Taiwanese filmaker Edward Yang receives the Best Director Award for Yi Yi

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