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Stunning Photos from the 17th Venice International Film Festival, 1956

Venice International Film Festival is the oldest and one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. The festival was held for the first time in 1932 under the guidance of Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata, Antonio Maraini, and Luciano De Feo, and soon gained great popularity, becoming an annual event from 1935 onward. Traditionally, the Venice Film Festival has shown a selection of top-notch films every year. Many of the most successful directors and actors of our time have walked the red carpet. The glamor essence of the festival has always been a significant part of its artistic value.

The 17th Venice International Film Festival took place from 28 August to 9 September 1956. The two films ‘Burmese Harp’ and ‘Calle Mayor’ competed for the award but tied for the Golden Lion, so no award was given. Due to a lack of consensus among international juries, the contest was declared void.

Below are some spectacular images of celebrities, actresses, directors and famous personalities from the 1956 Venice film festival. These photographs depict the blooming days of Venice film festivals.

#3 Italian actress Elsa Martinelli speaking with Bernard McElwaine Sunday Pictorial Journalist, at 1956 Venice Film Festival, Italy.

#4 The Duke and Duchess of Windsor take a stroll at the Lido, Venice, where they are attending the International Film Festival, 1956.

#8 The Soviet Film Delegation at Venice Film Festival.

The Soviet Film Delegation at Venice Film Festival.

Including stage manager Fridrikh Ermler (second right) and cinematographer Eduard Tisse (right), with Mr Fedrov, an official with the Ministry of Culture, Italy, August 30th 1956.

#15 Abbe Lane, American singer and actress, with pet dog, a Chihuahua called Chicita at 1956 Venice Film Festival.

#16 Oscar winning Italian actress Anna Magnani (centre), pictured at her cocktail party, held at the Golf Club Lido di Venezia.

#18 Abbe Lane, American singer and actress, arrives in Venice by train, pictured with her pet dog Suzette.

#29 Italian actress Elsa Martinelli smelling flower, in background, Bernard McElwaine Sunday Pictorial Journalist.

#31 Italian actor and comic Alberto Sordi, with young starlet Ziti.

Italian actor and comic Alberto Sordi, with young starlet Ziti.

Alberto Sordi is also a film director and the dubbing voice of Oliver Hardy in the Italian version of the Laurel and Hardy films.

#45 Italian actress Sandra Milo, wearing striped shirt and white shorts at 1956 Venice Film Festival.

#47 French actress Helene Remy (left) & Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida (right, also, Milko Skofic, husband of Gina, and Bernard McElwaine Sunday Pictorial Journalist.

#51 Barbara Hutton and her son in Venice

Barbara Hutton and her son in Venice

American heiress to the Woolworth estate, Barbara Hutton (1912-1979) wears a bathing suit as she relaxes at the Lido with her son Lance Reventlow (1936-1972) in Venice during the Film Festival, Italy, August 31st 1956.

#55 James Mason, English actor with his daughter, Portland Mason TV show ‘Let’s Take a Trip’ rehearsal of festival La Posada, 8 December 1956.

#57 Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson, alight at Excelsior landing stage from Venice.

#58 Italian actress Sandra Milo, wearing striped shirt and white shorts at 1956 Venice Film Festival.

#62 Italian actor and comic Alberto Sordi, with young starlet Ziti at 1956 Venice Film Festival.

Italian actor and comic Alberto Sordi, with young starlet Ziti at 1956 Venice Film Festival.

Alberto Sordi is also a film director and the dubbing voice of Oliver Hardy in the Italian version of the Laurel and Hardy films.

#65 Italian actress Sandra Milo arrives at the Casino, applauded by fans and a member of the Italian navy.

#68 Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida arrives at the festival theatre, also, looking towards camera, Bernard McElwaine Sunday Pictorial Journalist.

#76 Abbe Lane, American singer and actress, arrives in Venice by train, pictured with her pet dog Suzette.

#79 Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Prince Edward and Wallis Simpson, alight at Excelsior landing stage from Venice.

#81 Italian actress Sophia Devitri poses for pictures on a rubber dingy at 1956 Venice Film Festival.

#83 Italian actress Sandra Milo arrives at the Casino, applauded by fans and a member of the Italian navy. Venice Film Festival, Friday 31st August 1956

#85 Oscar winning Italian actress Anna Magnani at her cocktail party, held at the Golf Club Lido di Venezia.

#86 Abbe Lane and actress, enjoys a motorboat ride along the Grand Canal, pictured with her pet dog Suzette, and husband Xavier Cugat.

#88 Photographer hopes for birds eye view of proceedings during cocktail party hosted by Oscar winning Italian actress Anna Magnani at the Golf Club Lido di Venezia.

#91 Italian actress Sandra Milo arrives at the Casino, applauded by fans and a member of the Italian navy at 1956 Venice Film Festival.

#92 Italian actress and fashion model Elsa Martinelli enjoys a ride in the sea on Bill the horse at 1956 Venice Film Festival

#93 Italian actress Sandra Milo falls into Adriatic, but takes it in good fun at 1956 Venice Film Festival.

#94 Italian actress Sandra Milo falls into Adriatic, but takes it in good fun at 1956 Venice Film Festival.

#95 Actress Gina Lollobrigida and Italian actress arriving at International Film Festival at Venice, Italy.

#97 Maria Meneghini Callas, Italian Opera singer, arriving at International Film Festival in Venice, Italy.

#100 Film actor Kirk Douglas and the Indian actress Mehtab rest at the Lido beach, 01 September 1953, during the Venice Film Festival.

#101 Edward VIII Windsor and Wallis Simpson, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, on beach, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival. Venice , 1956.

#102 Italian actress Anna Magnani guest at the Film Festival laughs sitting near the actor James Mason. Venice, August 1956.

#103 The actress Rossana Podestà wearing a swimsuit, on a rowing boat in Venice, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival. Venice , 1956.

#104 Abbe Lane dancing on the roof of a boat, encircled with admirers during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival. Venice , 1956.

#105 Celebrities take a stroll on a gondola in Venice, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival. Venice , 1956.

#106 The actress Gina Lollobrigida on thea seashore with lifeguards, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival. Venice (Italy), 1956.

#107 Celebrities take a stroll on a gondola in Venice, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival.

#109 Prince Jean of Luxembourg and his wife Princess Joséphine-Charlotte arrive at the premiere of the American film ‘Bigger than life’ at the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy on September 4, 1956.

#112 Edward VIII Windsor and Wallis Simpson, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, on beach, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival.

#113 The Winners Of Venice Film Festival In 1958.

The Winners Of Venice Film Festival In 1958.

From left to right: Japanese film director Hiroshi Inagaki ( Lion d'Or for "The Man of Ricscio"),Louis Malle, French film director of "Les Amants" ( Special Jury Prize) and Sophia Loren.

#114 The actress Rossana Podestà wearing a swimsuit, on a rowing boat in Venice, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival. Venice (Italy), 1956.

#116 The actress Gina Lollobrigida leans toward her admirers from a terrace of a hotel room, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival.

#117 The Countess Consuelo Crespi in a swimsuit having a break, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival. Venice (Italy), 1956.

#118 The actress Gina Lollobrigida pokes her head out the door of her hotel room, wet trousers and sanded feet, after going to the beach, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival.

#119 The actress Gina Lollobrigida on the seashore, her feet in the water, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival. Venice (Italy), 1956.

#120 Wallis Simpson, wife of Edward VIII Windsor and Duchess of Windsor, making conversation on beach, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival.

#121 The actress Gina Lollobrigida leans toward her admirers from a terrace of a hotel room, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival.

#122 Italian actress and TV presenter Sandra Milo (Salvatrice Elena Greco) signing an autograph on the arm of a young man.

#123 The actress Gina Lollobrigida is seated in the stalls as a guest of XVII Venice International Film Festival, next to her there is his husband Milko Skofic, a Slovenian doctor. Venice, 1956.

#125 Edward VIII Windsor and Wallis Simpson, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, take a break on beach in Venice, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival. Venice (Italy), 1956.

#126 A woman looks through a pair of binoculars, on sale in a stand in Venice during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival.

#127 The actress Maria Schell, winner of the Volpi Cup for the Best Actress for René Clément’s ‘Gervaise’ having a break, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival.

#128 The actress Abbe Lane dancing on the roof of a boat, encircled with admirers during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival.

#129 The actress Gina Lollobrigida comfortably lies in a hotel’s room bed, during the 17th Venice Intenational Film Festival.

#130 James Mason and Pamela Kellino take part in XVII Venice International Film FestivalJames Mason and Pamela Kellino take part in XVII Venice International Film Festival, they both stand in the stalls with other celebrities.

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