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.