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Ban world cinema

By Mark Cousins   August 2003

The theme of these columns over the last two years has been the need for an internationalised understanding of films -where they come from, what they deal with, how they mean to affect us. So it might come as a surprise to regular readers that this month I argue that the flow of movies outside their own country should be stopped. Dead.

Yet this argument is, in fact, a rational proposal to stimulate world cinema. It would work like this: for two years, say 2008 and 2009, no country would export its films or import any foreign films. The mutually…

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