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French dip in film prod’n

French film production dropped in 1993 due to recessional caution over big-budget films.

French producers turned out 101 pix, down from 113 the year before, with French motion picture investment ebbing to 2.2 billion francs ($ 377 million) from its all-time high in ’92 of 2.8 billion francs ($ 480 million).

Co-prods decline

The number of wholly owned French films continued its four-year decline to 67 , as did films co-produced with other countries, 34, while productions with minority French partners rose to 36.

The French also contributed to 15 central and eastern European pix.

The biggest ’93 French players were majors Gaumont, CIBY 2000 and MK2, while pay TV king Canal Plus and other French networks backed one in five French productions.

More relevant to Gallic pride was the dearth of English in their audio tracks; an unprecedented 95 films were only in French.

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