Whatever its value as a platform for great cinema, the Cannes Film Festival is easily the most stylish event on the cultural calendar—even Julian Schnabel is moved to put on a tux for the affair. And from the very first festival in 1939, one local family of photographers, the Traversos, has had an exclusive on some of the event’s most stylish moments. A total of 550 images from their archive have now been collected in a smashing new book, Cannes Cinema: A Visual History of the World’s Greatest Film Festival, to be published by Cahiers du Cinema on the occasion of the 64th festival, which begins on May 11. Whether or not you agree with Whit Stilman that in recent years Cannes has come to resemble “a bloated trade fair accompanied by a strange sadomasochist film show,” in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s it was the undisputed epicenter of cinematic cool—as the above photo of Michael Caine will attest to. For more evidence, check out the slideshow of some of our favorite pics from the Traverso archive, including a few of icons like Sean Connery and Luchino Visconti. Pick up your own copy of the book at Phaidon for the full-length feature. We’ll catch you on the Croisette….