When we are exposed to film naturally throughout our lives, whether it’s through advertising or recommendations from a friend, I think you’ll find what we see is fairly limited. If you don’t go out of your way to search for films or go to indie cinemas, you’ll never see more than the most popular, or most marketed, films from western countries.
In his blog post “What all Indie Filmmakers Should Be Learning From French Cinema”, Noam Kroll writes about how French cinema has developed to the point where most of their films make their money back entirely domestically, meaning foreign sales aren’t usually a concern. This can be a great thing for creative freedom, especially if a French film maker wants to tell a story that may not translate across cultures. In the situation France is in there’s never any need to alter their stories to appeal to a global audience. However in other ways I think this can be very restrictive when it comes to advancing the film industry, as well as the way films are made. Because of the economy of French cinema, it probably rarely takes influence from other countries’ films. While France is often considered to be one of the most influential countries for film, that doesn’t mean film makers can’t or shouldn’t be influenced, or improve upon techniques they may have started in the first place. The way it appears to be now removes the opportunity for French film makers to improve upon or update techniques from other cultures, which could assist in their storytelling in a way they may not have considered.
Kroll, N. (2017). What All Indie Filmmakers Should Be Learning From French Cinema. Noamkroll.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017, from http://noamkroll.com/what-all-indie-filmmakers-should-be-learning-from-french-cinema/