Cannes-troversy! Film Festival’s 70th Anniversary Poster “Slims Down” Claudia Cardinale!

Welcome To The Cannes Film Festival!

It’s the world’s most celebrated festival du film, taking place on the French Riviera every May – this year marks the 70th anniversary of the event, but the official poster is stirring up a big controversy!

French Actress Claudia Cardinale Has Been “Slimmed Down!”

The official film festival poster was released, and it includes a stylized shot of iconic French Actress Claudia Cardinale…but fans immediately noticed something!

As reports:

“The Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday revealed its official poster for the 70th edition, kicking off May 17. In the image, a joyous Claudia Cardinale is seen dancing on a Roman rooftop, and showing a bit of thigh from under her twirly skirt. Evidently it’s too little a bit of thigh for some outlets and individuals who have run articles and taken to Twitter decrying the airbrushing of the original 1959 photo of the Italian icon.”

Here is the new poster, followed by the original shot of Cardinale…note the shape of her “revealed” thigh in both shots:

The change was immediately noticed by the french press. According to, Liberation said, “Between the original and the copy, Claudia Cardinale dropped a dress size.” Magazine Telerama added, “While the poster is magnificent, we can see and deplore that the photograph has been largely retouched… Pity.”

The story also includes a response to the controversy from Cardinale herself, who says it’s all part of the artistic process!

“I don’t have any comment to make on the artistic work done on this image. It’s a poster, which beyond representing me, represents a dance, a flight. The photo was retouched to accentuate the effect of lightness and to transpose me into a dream character; it’s a sublimation. Concerns over realism have no place here, and, as a committed feminist, I see no attack on the female form. There are other things happening in the world right now that are more important to be discussing. It’s only cinema, let’s not forget that.””

So, it seems that the iconic Actress doesn’t mind a bit of “altering” for artistic purposes.

Here is the entire story on, with a lot of twitter activity about the controversy as well:

I attended the film festival on many occasions, but one of my favorite times involved a trip with Joan and Melissa Rivers:

Filming the “Cannes Fashion Review” with Joan and Melissa is a career highlight – and my wife Alex created the content with the mother/daughter team:

Here is a look at our trip to the south of France:

We had incredible adventures in Cannes, along with co-workers like by good friend Antonio Ruiz:

I also had a memorable trip one year when we worked with Adult film star Jenna Jameson there – she was an E! special correspondent:

You can read more about that wild adventure here:

Yes, Michael Castner, I dint forget you! Michael hosted many of our Cannes adventures, including this great moment interviewing Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Let me know what you think of the poster Cannes-troversy!

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9 replies

  1. I’ll hopefully get to read more about Joan and Melissa but I’m behind in my reader as is. I’m glad to hear that Joan was a grand lady. I thoroughly enjoyed the documentary about her. Roger Ebert put me on that with his excellent review of it. “Here is a woman who is not going quietly into the night.”

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  2. Is Joan as funny off-screen as on, I wonder?
    The poster is just a poster, after all. I tend to agree with Claudia.
    You have certainly been around some big stars, John. You will have to write a book about those experiences one day.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • Pete, Joan was the most generous, warm, caring and funny person offscreen as I have ever worked with – a wonderful woman!

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    • I defer to Claudia after all it is her body and there are more important things going on in the world but she looks so sublime in the original I am a bit pissed that they changed her dimensions. Airbrushing while a useful tool I fear is used more than I like.

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      • Lloyd, it’s just one example of “reality” being twisted – it’s fine to abstract something but we need to know what is real and what isn’t – in everything!

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      • I remember years this great photo of an actress in a bikini in SFX. My girlfriend at the time pointed out how the lighting and props were creating a different image of her legs to me and the pose also played a part. I guess the principal in that way has always been around but atleast then no matter what artistic tricks were being used I was still looking at an actual photo of that woman and her legs. I’m not anti photoshop. No doubt it was used in my wedding photographs but I do think less is more and like visual effects I like the more you do in camera.

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