Cinema: Cinemas Unleashed

Somewhat mysteriously—for France seldom makes so great a concession without some quid pro quo—the Government of Premier Pierre Laval suddenly abolished last week the film quota system which has been strangling U. S. cinema business in France for years (TIME, May 14, 1928).

Not only will 100% U. S. films be freely admitted to France, but U. S. films made in France in German dialog will be officially designated "French films," will enter Germany under especially favorable terms if a pending Franco-German film accord is finally ratified.

France has been the spearhead of Europe's anti-U. S. quota system for cinemas. With...

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