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Leslie J <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 6 Jun 1994 21:04:22 AST
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In Message Mon, 6 Jun 1994 15:11:22 GMT,
  Charlie Clark <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>Returning to the discussion on vertical integration, US companies
>currently monopolise distribution and rarely take non-US product on
>economic grounds, it will not be popular in the US...
>...You can see the effect of this in stats showing % non-US product in
>the US (less than 10%) compared to very high US product in other
>countries, ie. in Britain more than 80% of screenings of US films.
In Canada, it is even more bleak. Canada is under the umbrella of US
distribution channels, the result being that Canadian films in Canada are
treated as foreign films. The last Canadian film to play in a first run
showing was, by my memory, "Black Robe". It doesn't help that most Canadians
believe in the "Canadian production = Garbage" equation, what with being
spoiled by big budget US films being released simultaneously here and there.
The fact that they shot "Delores Clairborne" in this province is really
cold comfort for me, not when Hollywood and my government don't respect our
culture, whatever THAT is.
Tirade over.
Keep your stick on the ice.
Leslie J. Furlong
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