Cannes 2016: From Ursula Andress to Alfred Hitchock, this is your A-Z of film

(CNN)With the Cannes Film Festival opening its doors today it's only fitting that we take you through the glamorous people in front of the camera and the influencers behind it.

For everyone who won't be strolling down La Croissette, here's a chance to catch up on the individuals, companies and genres that have shaped an industry.
From essential directors to the technical wizards who revolutionized the silver screen, the list is by no means definitive -- how could it be? -- but we promise you it has style.
    Scroll through the gallery above to find out more.