• Cannes through the ages: Why the French film festival still rocks

    Cannes brings out Tinseltown's fun, flirty side. As soon Hollywood's biggest stars feel that Riviera sand between their toes they shed some of their film star reserve. The zanier moments combine with a heady dose of glamour to produce the coolest film festival ever. It first took place in 1946, but the extravaganza's current reputation as an A-list mecca was born a few years later with Brigitte Bardot in a white bikini. In those days stars, such as Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren would mingle easily with the public, signing autographs. CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY Since then proceedings