07/30/13 3:00pm

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Just two days ago, approximately $136 million worth of diamonds were stolen from the InterContinental Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France–one of Europe’s largest jewelry heists of recent times. Aside from hosting large jewelry events and exhibitions apparently a little too frequently (the Carlton was burgled once before in 1994), this luxury hotel has played a major role in the French city’s culture of cinephilia. Starting with the very first Cannes Film Festival in 1946, the hotel housed famous celebrities and was used as a venue for festival events such as jury meetings. Later, it served as the backdrop to Alfred Hitchcock‘s¬†To Catch a Thief, which was fittingly a romantic thriller about a jewel thief (Cary Grant) and his love interest (Grace Kelly).

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