‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Gives Cannes a Testosterone Jolt With a Feminist Twist

The world premiere of “Mad Max: Fury Road” gave the Cannes Film Festival a testosterone jolt with a feminist twist Thursday, as stars Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy, director George Miller, and other main cast strutted down the red carpet on a balmy evening as Van Morrison’s “Gloria” played.

Theron, in a stunning skintight yellow gown, first pranced for the paparazzi with Sean Penn (pictured) then walked back to join the “Mad Max” entourage.

Earlier, as a musical selection comprising plenty of Mowtown, Elvis Presley, and the Rolling Stones blasted, a slew of stars did their red carpet dances as the flashlights popped. Among them Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Isabella Rossellini, Jane Seymour, Fan Bingbing, Michelle Rodriguez, Ethan Coen and his wife Tricia Cooke, and fellow jurors Guillermo del Toro and Sophie Marceau, who had a slight, very French, wardrobe malfunction on her way up the steps.

Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux and prexy Pierre Lescure greeted them warmly at the top of the Palais des Festival’s montee des marches, as the steps are known.

Applause for the the latest “Mad Max” installment, in which Theron plays formidable warrior Imperator Furiosa, started right after the credits rolled, and a warm ovation poured forth at the end.

“Mad Max” segued into a somewhat subdued festival opening Wednesday with French drama “Standing Tall,” starring Catherine Deneuve.

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