The Cannes Film Festival that Never Was
A look back at the role film played in the ‘68 Paris riots.
France has done a lot for film and film culture. The country gave us great directors like François Truffaut, Agnès Varda, and Jean-Luc Godard. Every year, it presents the Cannes Film Festival. And it’s also given the world the Cinémathèque Française, which is today one of the largest archives of film and film-related objects in the world. But in 1968, all of that, along with most of the rest of the country, ground to a halt. Student protestors and striking workers filled the street. The Minister of Culture closed the Cinémathèque. And the Cannes Film Festival, for the first and only time, was cancelled.