This is the poster for the 70th anniversary edition of the Cannes Film Festival:
And it’s all of a sudden controversial, because of the image of Claudia Cardinale at its center.
— John J Johnston (@JohnJJohnston) March 30, 2017
Claudia, who turns 79 today, is not concerned about it:
Despite the rumblings in the French press and social media, Cardinale … described the controversy as a “fake row.” Speaking to The Huffington Post, the Leopard star said, “[T]his image has been retouched to accentuate this effect of lightness and transpose me into a dream character.”
She added: “This concern for realism has no place here, and as a committed feminist, I see no affront to the female body. There are many more important things to discuss in our world. It’s only cinema.”
Through more than 140 films, she’s played plenty of dream characters, some of whom might have seemed awfully down to earth.
I have to figure this was the inevitable fate of the woman who won the title of “Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia” at nineteen, and who appeared in many Italian films before she ever learned to speak Italian well.
(Mr Johnston is a cultural historian at University College, London. The title here is a reference to Claudia’s character in 1963’s The Pink Panther.)