The Cannes film festival opened on Wednesday with the world premier of Hollywood’s "Robin Hood".
The movie’s lead actor Russell Crowe and actress Cate Blanchett joined other stars from around the world on the red carpet for the glittering opening ceremony of the 63rd annual film festival in Cannes, France.
Blanchett wore a dress by late British designer Alexander McQueen for her film's French Riviera opening.
“Robin Hood” is one of few U.S. titles at this year's Cannes festival. The movie is an epic adventure that seeks to explain how the hero of legend becomes an outlaw robbing the rich to feed the poor.
The sole U.S. entry is Doug Liman's "Fair Game", starring Naomi Watts as Valerie Plame, the CIA agent whose cover was blown in 2003, and Sean Penn.
Oliver Stone and Woody Allen brought their latest films to France but not in competition.
Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps", could become the talk of the festival, as it focuses on corruption and greed at the world's biggest banks.
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones is expected to appear for the documentary "Stones in Exile" about the recording of the band's seminal album "Exile on Main Street".
The event drew in other celebrities including actresses Eva Longoria and Helen Mirren, and director Tim Burton.
Over the next 11 days, 19 films will be judged.