Films that have opened the Cannes Film Festival

Films that have opened the Cannes Film Festival

2017- Ismael’s Ghost

2016- Cafe Society

2015 – La Tete Haute

2014- Grace of Monaco

2013- The Great Gatsby

2012- Moonrise Kingdom

2011- Midnight in Paris

2010- Robin Hood

2009- Up

2008- Blindness

2007- My Blueberry Nights

2006- Da Vinci Code

2005- Lemming

2004- Bad Education

2003- Fanfan La Tulip

2002- Hollywood Ending

2001- Moulin Rouge

2000- Vatel

1999- Barber of Siberia

1998- Primary Colors

1997- Fifth Element

1996- Ridicule

1995- City of Lost Children

1994-  The Hudsucker Proxy

1993-  Ma saison préférée

1992-  Basic Instinct

1991- Homicide

1990- Dreams

1989- New York Stories

1988-  The Big Blue

1987 – Un homme amoureux

1986- Pirates

1985 – Witness

1984- Fort Saganne

1983- The King of Comedy

1982-  Intolerance  (D.W.Griffiths)

1981- Three Brothers

1980- Fantastica

1979- Hair

1978-  Moy Iaskovyy i nezhnyy zver

1977- The Duellists

1976-  Hollywood…Hollywood!

1975- A Happy Divorce

1974- Amarcord

1973-  Godspell

1972-  Malpertius

1971- Gimme Shelter

1970- Les Choses de la vie

1969-  Sweet Charity

1968 –  Gone With the Wind  (restored version in 70mm)

1967-  J’ai tue Raspoutine

1966- Modesty Blaise

1965-  The Collector

1964-  Cent mille dollars au soleil

1963-  The Birds

1962-  Les Amants de Teruel

1961-  Che gioia vivere

1960-  Ben-Hur

1959- Les Quatre Cents Coups

1958- The Flute and the Arrow

1957- Around the World in Eighty Days

1956- Marie-Antoinette reine de France

1955- Di rififi chez les hommes

1954- Le Grand Jeu

1953-  Horizons sans fin

1952- An American in Paris

1951- Four in a Jeep

1950-  No Festival

1949-  L’Arroseur Arrose

1948-  No Festival

1947- The Jolson Story

1946-  The Fall of Berlin (shown on Matinee on Sept 20 1946. Unsure at the moment if the festival classified that as the ‘Opening Film’)

1940-1945  World War II interruption.  No Festival

1939-  The Hunchback of Notre Dame   (the only film screened at the Festival, as Hitler invaded Poland that day).

Research conducted by Rhett Bartlett.
With thanks to @FilmLandEmpire in filling in some gaps and ARoquentin.
And thanks for @LouLumenick for the information pertaining to the 1939 entry.

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