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Wed, 9 Dec 1998 08:07:09 +1300
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I am researching the way French films have been received in New Zealand. My research will not only cast light on the cultural similarities and differences between NZ and France, but also on the growth of Film Societies and Film Festivals in this country. French films have been very important to us as examples of 'film as art'. I am very interested both in facts and in anecdotal evidence about how NZ audiences have responded to films from France, what images and stereotypes have made an impression, and what influences those films may have had on NZ filmmaking. I don't expect to find anything specific to NZ having already been written but I would be grateful if anyone out there could let me know of anything that's been written on a similar subject, i.e., French cinema's influence on some other country's film culture. 'Film culture' in this context covers local film-making practices, the film society movement, film festivals , and the specialist film audience. There may be other studies out there, somewhere, that look at the influence French films and the very influential magazine Les Cahiers du cinéma have had.
Many thanks.
Simon Sigley, 
PhD student
c/o Centre for Film, Television and Media Studies, 
Auckland University, 
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