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Passionate Affair For French, Filmgoing Is de Rigueur
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Meisler, Stanley
Date: Jun 12, 1985
Start Page: 1
Section: 1; Foreign Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

The Americans make much more money with their movies and dominate the world market. The Indians produce almost five times as many movies, and the Russians go to the movies more often. But no one gets more excited about movies than the French, or treats movies with more respect, awe and true love.

The city of Paris has 247 commercial cinemas. The fare on any day is breathtaking for anyone interested in the movies. Aside from showing the latest American, French, British, Italian and other movies, the theaters present an astounding variety of classics.

For example, on one recent Saturday, a moviegoer could have seen such old American standards as "Gone With The Wind," "Wuthering Heights," "Hellzapoppin' " and "Adam's Rib"; such U.S. cult favorites as David Lynch's "Eraserhead" and George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead"; such French classics as Jean-Luc Godard's "Alphaville," Alain Resnais' "Last Year at Marienbad," Francois Truffaut's "Jules and Jim," Marcel Camus' "Black Orpheus" and Roger Vadim's first Brigitte Bardot film, "And God Created Woman"; such Italian classics as Luchino Visconti's "Death in Venice" and Federico Fellini's "La Strada," and scores of others.

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