The Cannes Film Festival takes great pride in unveiling the official poster each year and has increasingly relied on iconic images to set the tone for the event. For 2012’s 65th edition, Marilyn Monroe blew out a candle on a birthday cake; the year before it was Faye Dunaway shot by Jerry Schatzberg in 1970 when they made Puzzle Of A Downfall Child, and in 2009 Monica Vitti was spotted from behind in a scene from Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura. This year, Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman — “a couple who embody the spirit of cinema like no other” — grace the affiche officielle. The shot was taken in 1963 during the filming of Melville Shavelson’s A New Kind Of Love. “It is a chance both to pay tribute to the memory of Paul Newman, who passed away in 2008, and to mark its undying admiration for Joanne Woodward, his wife and most favored co-star,” the festival said. Both Woodward and Newman were in Cannes in 1958, the year they got married, for the official competition selection of Martin Ritt’s The Long Hot Summer, the first film in which they appeared together. Newman’s directorial efforts in which Woodward starred, The Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds (1973) and The Glass Menagerie (1987), were also both in competition. Paris-based The Bronx agency is responsible for all the graphics of the 2013 festival which runs May 15-26.
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