Like Only Cannes Can


ROMANCING STONE: Cannes pushes international art-house fare but loves Hollywood; this year, Stone and the final installment of Lucas' Star Wars lent the glitz and glamour

A full orchestra in evening dress struck up the familiar martial theme. George Lucas and his actors, including a beautifully shaven-haired Natalie Portman, ascended the red-carpeted steps of the Grand Palais. A hosanna rose from the thousands of gawkers held back by police barriers. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, marking its premiere at the 58th Cannes Film Festival, conquered world cinema as surely as the Jedi knights vanquished their intergalactic foes. American movies have that force, even at a festival determined to celebrate the variety of international film. The planet's largest annual trade show, photo op and schmoozathon,...

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