French Cinema

festival du film francaisFor more than a century, France has been a major influence on cinema and continues to be one of the most important producers of film, its output surpassed only by India, the United States, Japan and China. Around 200 full-length films are made in France each year. French cinema divides roughly evenly between commercial and , the commercial sector being dominated by big budget comedies and thrillers. The industry is heavily subsidized by the state and is supported by various initiatives that have been introduced by a succession of governments since the Second World War to promote diversity and counter the threats posed by television and Hollywood. Cinema has attained a huge cultural significance in France, and French cinema continues to be recognized the the world over for its quality, breadth and sophistication.

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