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Special photography exhibition at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc

In 1959, Juliette Gréco, Darryl F. Zanuck and Orson Welles came together to present John Huston's 'The Roots of Heaven' at the Cannes Film Festival. Hollywood Mogul Zanuck was crazy about Gréco, the muse of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Copyright Hôtel du Cap-Eden-RocIn line with the recent 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival, French publication Paris Match has chosen the legendary Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes as a location to display 25 archived photographs of the festival from now until October.

The exhibition – Passion Cinéma- was inaugurated on 18th May alongside Monica Belluci as the sponsor of the exhibition. The sample of archived prints exemplify the past seven decades of the Cannes Film Festival’s coverage, with behind-the-scenes prints capturing iconic cinema figures from Marlene Dietrich to Gary Cooper, Orson Welles, Romy Schneider, Claudia Cardinale and Robert de Niro. A number of these exclusive prints can also be purchased on site.

The Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc is considered to be one of the most sumptuous properties in Europe and is among the Oetker Collection of master-piece hotels. The birth of the resort hotel began in 1870 with the construction of the Villa Soleil, designed by Auguste de Villemessant, founder of the newspaper Le Figaro. The property’s original purpose was to serve as a safe haven for artists in search of inspiration. The villa owes its elegance and Napoleon III architectural style to the young and visionary hotelier Antoine Sella from the Italian region of Piedmont. It took two years for Sella to convert the Villa Soleil into the hotel we now know after he bought the property in 1887.

"Our relationship with Olivier Royant, CEO of the illustrated Paris Match, was the result of our close proximity to the world of film," said Philippe Perd, Managing Director of the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Royant granted the exhibition access to the treasure chest of Paris Match’s exceptional archive collection.


Claire Davis