Hollywood A-listers, French film stars and world cinema auteurs are descending on the French Riviera for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, which begins on Wednesday 17 May.

Now in its 70th year, the festival is always one of the most dazzling events in the entertainment calendar, with people lining the streets to catch a glimpse of celebrities.

In this gallery, IBTimes UK presents photographs of the brightest stars who lit up the Croisette at the Cannes Film Festival during cinema's golden age.

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1947: Film stars parade in the street of Cannes in southern France, during the first Cannes Film FestivalAFP
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1952: The Begum (Yvonne Blanche Labrousse), fourth and last wife of Aga Khan III, arrives at the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1953: Brigitte Bardot, wearing a bikini, poses on the beach in CannesGetty
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1953: Actor Joseph Lifela signs autographs for actresses Simone Delamare and Vania Orico at the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1953: Tilda Thamar films Kirk Douglas pulling faces during the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1953: Gisele Pascal goes for a boat ride during the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1953: Leslie Caron feeds the pigeons during the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1954: Grace Kelly at the Cannes Film Festival, where she first met Prince Rainier of MonacoGetty
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1954: French actor Franck Villard, wearing a deep-sea diving suit (and smoking a cigarette), receives a kiss from German actress Dora DollGetty
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1954: Sophia Loren attends the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1954: Arlene Dahl arrives at Orly airport in Paris on her way to the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1954: Jack Palance chats to Robert Mitchum during the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1954: British actress Simone Silva poses topless with Robert Mitchum during the Cannes film festival. Having been elected 'Miss Festival', Simone Silva was asked to leave the festival after her semi-nude pose which resulted in one photographer breaking his arm and another his leg in the rush for picturesGetty
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1954: French actress Edwige Feuillere dines on board the Mistral train on her way from Lyon to Cannes for the film festivalGetty
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1955: Sophia Loren, Giuditta Rissone and her husband Italian director Vittorio De Sica arrive at the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1955: American actress Grace Kelly attends the film festivalGetty
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1955: Grace Kelly holds a bouquet of flowers at the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1955: Pablo Picasso attends a bullfight near Cannes with French poet and film director Jean CocteauGetty
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1956: Blonde bombshell Diana Dors poses at Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1956: Aspiring starlet Brigitte Bardot runs barefoot along the beach in CannesGetty
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1956: Brigitte Bardot watches Pablo Picasso at work in his studio in Vallauris during the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1957: French singer and actress Line Renaud at a potter's shop during the International Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1957: Elizabeth Taylor dining at the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1958: Genevieve Page is pictured at the wheel of a yacht during the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1958: Alain Delon and Bella Darvi go boating during CannesGetty
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1958: Sophia Loren poses for photographers during the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1958: Jeanne Moreau stands on a table during a meal at the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1958: Photographers surround Sophia Loren as she arrives at the Cannes Film Festival with her husband Carlo PontiGetty
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1959: Sophia Loren poses on the window ledge of her hotel in Cannes, promoting the film Nella città l'inferno (aka Caged), directed by Renato CastellaniGetty
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1959: French actress Michèle Mercier relaxes during the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1959: Kim Novak attends the festival with a very tanned Cary GrantGetty
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1959: French actress Agnès Laurent poses in Cannes during the film festivalGetty
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1960: Federico Fellini, holding the Palme d'Or, awarded unanimously for his film La Dolce Vita, poses with fellow winners Melina Mercouri and Jeanne MoreauGetty
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1960: Anouk Aimee and Marcello Mastroianni arrive at the Cannes Film Festival to promote their film La Dolce VitaGetty
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1960: Micheline Presle and Michel Auclair check their reflections in nearby car windows during the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1961: Alain Delon signs autographs for young fans in Cannes during the film festivalGetty
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1962: Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood pose for photographers at the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1962: Alain Delon, Sophia Loren and Romy Schneider arrive at the Palais des Festivals et des CongrèsAFP
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1963: Former model and showgirl Christine Keeler arrives in Cannes during the film festival. The following month, British Secretary of State for War John Profumo resigned over his affair with KeelerGetty
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1964: Wearing a bikini, Jayne Mansfield holds her chihuahua on the beach during the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1965: Sean Connery is driven down the Croisette in an open-topped carGetty
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1965: Ursula Andress is mobbed by members of the mediaGetty
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1965: Swiss film actress Ursula Andress at the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1965: Yves Montand poses on board his yacht at CannesGetty
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1966: Sammy Davis Jr borrows a cap from a group of Italian sailors during the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1966: Wearing earrings and a necklace by Van Cleef and Arpels, Sophia Loren arrives at the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1966: French actress Catherine Deneuve attends the Cannes Film Festival with David Bailey (right)Getty
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1967: Geraldine Chaplin smokes a cigar at the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1967: Brigitte Bardot and Serge GainsbourgGetty
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1967: Vanessa Redgrave attends the premier of Blow Up with her partner, Italian actor Franco Nero. They eventually married in 2006Getty
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1971: Keith Richards escorts his partner, actress Anita Pallenberg and their two children to a screening of Rolling Stones concert film Gimme ShelterGetty
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1972: Francesca Annis and Jon Finch pose with Roman Polanski at the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1972: Alfred Hitchcock poses on a boat during the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1973: Marcello Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Marco Ferreri and Andréa Ferréol pose together after the crowd booed at the screening of Ferreri's controversial film La Grande BouffeGetty
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1974: Jack Nicholson poses in a bathrobe by the pool outside his hotel during the Cannes Film FestivalGetty
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1974: Jane Birkin goes out on a pedalo during the 28th Cannes Film FestivalAFP
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1974: Jean-Paul Belmondo smiles for the camera during the Cannes Film FestivalAFP
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1977: Arnold Schwarzenegger promotes bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron during the 38th Cannes Film FestivalAFP