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Legging it for Cannes 2011

Faye Dunaway’s sexy shot from 1970 leads the official poster for Cannes 2011.

This year’s Cannes poster has been unveiled. It’s pretty striking, especially if you are a leg man (or woman).

H5 (the company behind the Oscar winning short Logorama) did the design — using a photo of Faye Dunaway that was taken in 1970 by New York filmmaker Jerry Schatzberg (who won the Palme d’or in 1973 for Scarecrow).

His first film, 1970’s Puzzle of a Downfall Child, starred Dunaway as a once-famous model on a downward spiral in New York. It has now been restored by Universal and will screen in Cannes with Dunaway and Schatzberg both present. Carlotta will re-release in France this autumn. See a clip here.

Of this year’s poster, the fest says: “Model of sophistication and timeless elegance, it is an embodiment of the cinematic dream that the Festival de Cannes seeks to maintain.”

I like it, but it doesn’t quite top my two fave posters of recent Cannes…with classic images from L’Avventura and In The Mood for Love.

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