Nostalgia: Stars shine at Film Festival

Sean Connery and wife Micheline  and Michael Caine and wife Shakira  arrive at the Odeon for the Closing Gala of the Scottish Screen Edinburgh International Film Festival

Sean Connery and wife Micheline and Michael Caine and wife Shakira arrive at the Odeon for the Closing Gala of the Scottish Screen Edinburgh International Film Festival

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The stars were out on the streets of the Capital again this week as the latest instalment of Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) brought the best of the big screen to Edinburgh.

There were galas and glamour in abundance, while Lord of the Rings star Elijah wood and former Miami Vice star Don Johnston were among the big names at this year’s festival.

Peter Fonda in Edinburgh for a gala performance of Easy Rider in 1969

Peter Fonda in Edinburgh for a gala performance of Easy Rider in 1969

As the longest continually running film festival in the world it’s little wonder the Capital’s cinema celebration is such a big draw – in 1997 Sir Sean Connery and Michael Caine, accompanied by their wives Micheline and Shakira, attended the Closing Gala at the Odeon cinema on Lothian Road.

Actor Peter Fonda quickly made himself at home by the bar when he came to the Capital to meet fans and speak to the press for a gala screening of the cult classic Easy Rider in 1969.

One lucky youngster got a kiss from French film stars Dominique Wilms and Noelle Adam in 1958, when he greeted the pair with a bunch of flowers as they arrived at Turnhouse airport to attend the festival.

Of course it’s not just international stars – Scotland’s own Ewan McGregor was already a star thanks to Shallow Grave and Trainspotting and he drew the crowds when he came to town in 1998 for the premiere of his latest movie Velvet Goldmine at the Odeon cinema.

Orson Welles arrives at the Cameo Cinema to give a talk in 1953

Orson Welles arrives at the Cameo Cinema to give a talk in 1953

And the Capital even attracted perhaps the biggest name in cinema history when the legendary actor and director Orson Welles strolled into the Cameo Cinema for the 1953 festival to give a lecture which saw him declare that “the film industry is dying”.

Ewan McGregor at the premiere of his new film, Velvet Goldmine

Ewan McGregor at the premiere of his new film, Velvet Goldmine

French films stars Dominique Wilms and Noelle Adam arrive at Turnhouse airport in 1958

French films stars Dominique Wilms and Noelle Adam arrive at Turnhouse airport in 1958