Music program one of fest's attempts to involve public in Cannes

A prestigious group of composers — Randy Newman, Ennio Morricone, Francis Lai and Angelo Baldamenti — will inaugurate a music program along the seaside promenade today at noon, opposite the Majestic Hotel.

As Cannes hoteliers and restaurateurs offer free champagne to passersby, music from the musical scores of Palme d’Or-winning movies will emanate from the 40 colorful beach cabanas set up along the Croisette.

The move is one of the fest’s attempts to involve the public in one of the most professionally oriented film festivals in the world.

Tonight at 9, the same composers will lead the Regional Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur Orchestra in a concert at the Palm Beach featuring the most famous selections from their movie-music repertoires.

After the concert, the Salle des Sables, the Fest’s beachside open-air movie theater, will initiate a series of free public screenings with an homage to beloved French actor-director Yves Robert and a 10 p.m. screening of his 1976 film, “An elephant ca trompe enormement.” Three Jacques Tati films will be screened this weekend there: “Mr. Hulot’s Vacation” (Friday), “Jour de Fete” (Saturday) and “Mon Oncle” (Sunday).

On May 24, the public will be treated to a Billy Wilder tribute and a screening of “Some Like It Hot.” The outdoor screening program’s May 25 finale will be a screening of in-competition shorts.

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