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Cannes Cannes, can you do the...

Cannes Cannes, can you do the...

Blame it on the heat. At the Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow down by the Côte d'Azur, things have a reputation for getting a little, how do les Americains say? Cray-cray. People boo. Ryan Gosling surprise-kisses people. Madonna strips. How we wish we were invited. Consolation prize: three classic movie moments that will help bring some of that hot-and-bothered Riviera spirit directement chez vous. Pass the SPF.

And God Created Woman, 1956
Brigitte Bardot saunters around town in various states of undress, seducing every Michel, Antoine, and Jean-Louis within five miles of St. Tropez. There’s a heated love triangle. Extremely sexy dancing. Someone fires a gun. It caused a scandal in the US, of course. Here’s the best scene.

To Catch a Thief, 1955
Someone’s been swiping les bijoux from all the beautiful people down by the Riviera. The suspect: Cary Grant, who swears he’s innocent. Not as innocent as she looks: Grace Kelly, impossibly beautiful and dripping with diamonds, who seduces Monsieur in a ritzy hotel while fireworks explode in the background. Check it out.

Bonjour Tristesse, 1958
Keywords: sex, sun, sadness, more sun, more sex. Jean Seberg, pixie-haired muse of the Nouvelle Vague plays 17-year-old Cécile in the film adaptation of Françoise Sagan’s most famous novel of the same name. Watch the trailer.
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