Cannes: From Class to Crass

Festival has more alcohol, drugs, sex than films
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2009 10:38 AM CDT
Cannes: From Class to Crass
Paris Hilton arrives Monday at the Hollywood Domino party hosted by Akvinta during the 62nd International film festival in Cannes, France.   (AP Photo)

The name “Cannes” once conjured up images of Hollywood glamor and French sophistication, but no more. The film festival has turned into a marathon of binge drinking and sleazy sex, attended by high-heeled, fake-tanned partiers who are “not interested in the films, only the party scene,” one tells the Daily Mail. “During the festival it’s all sex, sex, sex,” frowns a local.

Cannes fêtes, once hosted by movie studios, are now thrown by liquor brands. Instead of drawing A-list celebrities—who nowadays leave Cannes as fast as they can—the parties are places where scantily clad women can be found stripping or seducing rich men. “When I used to attend the festival it was so chic and glamorous,” says one veteran. “Now it seems to be full of riff-raff.” (Read more Jay-ZTV stories.)

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