Cannes 1939, the festival will take place

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The films selected for the first edition, canceled because of the war, are screened in Orleans, town of Jean Zay.

Presented in Cannes, The Wizard of Oz by Victor Fleming with Judy Garland, a classic among the classics.
Presented in Cannes, The Wizard of OzVictor Fleming with Judy Garland, a classic among classics. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures / Rue des Archives / DILTZ

The first Cannes Film Festival opens today … in Orléans. Twenty-nine films will be in competition, among which The Wizard of Oz of Victor Fleming with Judy Garland, remained a great classic, Only angels have wings Howard Hawks, with Cary Grant, Pacific Express from Cecil B. DeMille, Mr. Smith in the Senate Frank Capra, who will represent the United States, Goodbye Mr. Chips! from Sam Wood and The Four White Feathers of Zoltan Korda for Great Britain.

The French selection includes Hell of Angels from Christian-Jaque, The Ghost Charrette from Julien Duvivier, The North Trail Jacques Feyder, with Michèle Morgan, The Man of Niger of Jacques de Baroncelli. We will also discover, The Great Solution from the Czech Hugo Haas or a Soviet film with ironically premonitory title, If tomorrow is the war of Efim Dzigan. The USSR had not yet made an alliance with Hitler's Germany.

Cultural response

All these films were to constitute the first edition of the International Festival of

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