Citizen Cannes

The Man Behind the Cannes Film Festival


A charming autobiography from the president of the Cannes Film Festival.


Gilles Jacob


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This autobiography presents the profile of a man who has spent more than half a century living and breathing world cinema – a passion which the press has acknowledged by giving him various nicknames such as ‘Monsieur Cinema’, ‘Mister Cinema’, or better still, ‘Citizen Cannes’.

For over thirty years, Gilles Jacob has been the soul of the biggest film festival in the world – the Cannes Festival – of which he was elected President in 2000. As witness and champion of the film industry, Jacob describes in Citizen Cannes his journey from that of a Jewish boy saved by a catholic seminary during World War II, later becoming an entrepreneur and a film critic, and finally an accomplished man who in 1978 was appointed general delegate of the biggest vanity fair in the world.

Citizen Cannes is a unique and vivid record of Jacob’s encounters with the world of cinema. He writes of his passion for filmmakers and the stars who sparkle on the red carpet, including insider stories of big names such as Sharon Stone, Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, Jean-Luc Godard, Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, Gérard Depardieu and the list goes on. Some anecdotes reveal their personalities and eccentricities, while others give readers a rare insight about the festival itself, the way films are selected, judged and rewarded. As a telling behind-the-scenes account of the Cannes Film Festival, this is a must-read for film buffs, and for anyone fascinated by larger-than-life personalities.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 234 x 156 mm (9 1/4 x 6 1/8 in)
Pages: 384 pp
Illustrations: 42 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714861906

Gilles Jacob was born in Paris in 1930. Renowned film critic and enthusiast, he was elected general delegate in 1978, and President of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 2000. He has also written for Les Nouvelles littéraires, L’Express and Le Masque et la plume. He is the author of the essay Le Cinéma moderne (1964), the novel Un jour, une mouette (1964), the anthology Les Visiteurs de Cannes (1992), and the collection of his photographs in Livre d’Or (2010).

"[Gilles Jacob] at 81 is still the man who greets the great and good on the red carpet... [A] lively and frank memoir... Jacob is refreshingly honest about the machinations over film selections and the deliberations of juries... These are the cheeky, often comic recollections of an influential cinephile... Jacob's more gossipy instincts are balanced by a love of cinema and a sobering account of his wartime experiences"—Time Out

"Jacob is responsible for directing the festival with intelligence, wit and good taste. Here is own long career-story of it all. The book's style is most informal and chatty such that after a few chapters, you honestly feel you know him and could enjoy his company immensely... Full of anecotes... Should be in every cineaste's library."—Screen Trade

"An... enthralling look behind the scenes of the most glamorous film festival in the world."—Lurzer's International Archive

"[Gilles Jacob] at 81 is still the man who greets the great and good on the red carpet... [A] lively and frank memoir... Jacob is refreshingly honest about the machinations over film selections and the deliberations of juries... These are the cheeky, often comic recollections of an influential cinephile... Jacob's more gossipy instincts are balanced by a love of cinema and a sobering account of his wartime experiences"—Time Out

"Jacob is responsible for directing the festival with intelligence, wit and good taste. Here is own long career-story of it all. The book's style is most informal and chatty such that after a few chapters, you honestly feel you know him and could enjoy his company immensely... Full of anecotes... Should be in every cineaste's library."—Screen Trade

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