Cannes Film Festival: an ocean of love for Elvis and Christophe

The chronicle of François Aubel – Musical interludes on a Croisette in a trance for the presentation of Baz Luhrmann’s film on the king of rock’n’roll. And more collected for the singer ofAline and blue words.

Barely six o’clock and it’s already a rush, Wednesday, at the foot of the steps of the Palace. Cannes burns with love for Elvis. Rigorous vintage atmosphere. Bella Hadid appears in a Versace dress from 1987. Indian actress Deepika Padukone sparkles in a metal sheath from Vuitton. Shakira appears in a bustier, her arms gloved in black Gilda. The person in charge of protocol loses patience, he would like these baby dolls to flee the flashes to avoid traffic jams on the red carpet. The swaying agreements of Don’t Be Cruel barely drown out the screams of fans when Baz Luhrmann’s film crew shows up, in the wake of Austin Butler, reincarnation of the King – but did he really die at Graceland in 1977? – and Tom Hanks, much sharper than on screen in the skin of Colonel Parker. The former wife of Elvis, Priscilla Presley, accompanies them, visibly intimidated by this rock’n’roll barnum. They will receive twelve minutes of standing ovation, a record to beat for this edition.

“There are films that are symphonies and others that are like concertos where an actor or an actress takes all the action head on and it’s wonderful to watch, despite a not crazy script” , esteem in nice morning Benjamin Biolay, juror of the Un certain regard category this year. What about this fake Luhrmann biopic? Was it a fugue, a requiem, a kitsch opera? All this at once, no doubt…

In the sky, luminescent drones draw alternately the face and the hips of the rocker. Love me tender, love me true. For the feast ofElvis, Plage Stéphanie, the Warner, associated with the brand Campari, new partner of the festival, did not skimp on the scenography. This flashy evening, the most popular on the Croisette, was probably not the most successful. We are never sufficiently wary of American dreams.

Two beaches, two atmospheres

In the VIP area where you can sip a “bomber“, explosive cocktail, Claude Lelouch praises his colleague Baz Luhrmann. He loved her energy. Especially, he who dined with the King in Vegas, in 1969, during the filming of A man I likeseems amazed by the performance of Austin Butler.

The concert of Maneskin, the Italian winners of Eurovision 2021, begins. Its echo collides with that of the giant karaoke that Arte organizes at the cinema on the beach. Two beaches, two atmospheres. The Franco-German channel has decided to celebrate its thirty years in music. Just after the open-air projection, and on the sand, of the documentary that Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Ange Leccia devote to Christophe, who was one of the greatest admirers of Elvis. “Individually, in my own little world, in my bubble, the 1960s were very delicious. It was Technicolor, the discovery of new music, the arrival of the greatest genius” explained the singer of blue words disappeared on April 16, 2020, at the age of 74. The last of the Bevilacquas was the first of the cinephiles, piling up to 500 films in 35mm in his Montparnasse lair. In the image, he strolls morosely in search of musical perfection and quotes drama of jealousyby Ettore Scola, with Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroianni, two other of his idols. He replaces the vinyl one by one in one of his old jukeboxes. The ratings ofThat’s All Rightagain and again the King, escape from it and mark out, in this night of happy nostalgia, our lost paradises.

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Cannes Film Festival: an ocean of love for Elvis and Christophe

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