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February 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The image of Marilyn Monroe will appear throughout Cannes in May during that city’s 65th annual film festival. “Fifty years after her death, Marilyn is still a major figure in world cinema, an eternal icon, whose grace, mystery and power of seduction remain resolutely contemporary,” the festival said in a statement as it unveiled a poster marking the upcoming event. “The Festival poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality — a moving tribute to the [50th] anniversary of her passing, which coincides with the Festival anniversary.” Unlike the art-for-art’s-sake abstraction that many film festivals adhere to, Cannes is equally about art and glamour, often drawing some of Hollywood’s leading stars and premiering tentpole productions. “The Festival is a temple of glamour,” the Cannes statement said, “and Marilyn is its perfect incarnation.”