Magazine article Variety

Essential Timeline

Magazine article Variety

Essential Timeline

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The First Exposition of Cinematic Art, later to be known as the Venice Film Festival, opens Aug. 6 at the Lido's Excelsior Hotel.


The building of the Palazzo del Cinema signals the beginning of the festival's Fascist era, which lasts five years.


France gets ready to launch a film festival on the Riviera to rival Venice and sets Sept. 1 for its launch (just one day after Venice's), but cancels when Hitler invades Poland.


The festival goes dark during the darkest years of World War II.


The festival re-opens in September across the lagoon in St. Marks, after the Allies' requisition the Palazzo del Cinema. An agreement is reached to hold Cannes in May and Venice in September.


The French May protests hit Venice. …

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