AP PHOTOS: Cannes glamor in black and white

CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most colorful spectacles in the world: all Côte d’Azur sunshine, palm trees and glittering ball gowns. But the soul of Cannes will always exist in black and white.

The images that first made Cannes synonymous with glamor were captured in monochrome, images that still live on in the collective fantasy of the French Riviera extravaganza, where thousands of people descend annually to partake in a grand and flashy tradition in the name of cinema. .

For the 75th Cannes, which concludes with the Palme d’Or presentation on Saturday, Associated Press photographer Petros Giannakouris has stalked the red carpet and strolled the Croisette for glimpses of classic Cannes. In his images, past and present eras collide, evoking the timeless allure of the world’s largest film festival.

Here is the sensational whirlwind of life in Cannes, where dresses get caught in elevators, eyes turn every time the doors of an official car open, and grand hotel lobbies bustle with activity. Some images show the guarded divisions of Cannes, with security lines lining the parameters of the festival. Others wander into dreamland: a woman in costume waiting on a park bench like in a fairy tale.

For Giannakouris, who was shooting in the Ukraine until the end of April, it was a welcome break from reality.

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