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Chris Worsnop <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 14 Nov 1997 18:48:34 -0500
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>The point being: there is a huge quantity of non-USA cinema out there.
>It never gets to the mainstream *in the USA* but it's in the mainstream
>in its own culture.
If only this were true!!
My read on this topic is that it's not about getting "foreign" films into US
cinemas, but getting indiginous films (if they even ever get made) onto the
screens in their own countries. Well, that does not happen.
Canadian films:
A) do not get made (how will they get distributed, make money etc??)
B) what very few are made, do not get exhibition, unless they are an item
that fits into a major (US) distributor's pattern (like "Crash")
C) tend less and less to benefit from financial incentives  because of US
complaints through NAFTA against "unfair trade practices"
Cinema prices in Toronto are:
$8.50 for regular screens, $9.50 in the new deep dish, large screen cinemas.
Sorry. The same old song.
Chris M. Worsnop
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