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European film mountain

Europe has produced many of the world's greatest movie talents, so why are most European co-productions flops? Christopher Tookey investigates

I keep coming across intelligent, educated people who say they no longer bother to attend European or “art-house” films. This personal impression is confirmed by distributors’ statistics which show that very few European films are viewed outside their country of origin, while American movies account for over 90 per cent of films shown in Europe.

This is a shame-especially when the most charming romantic comedy currently on release in Britain is Italian-Il Postino-and one of the most accomplished horror films for years-Nightwatch-is Danish.

Under closer interrogation, many deserters from the European cinema say they are reacting against a modern phenomenon-the…

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