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Old 04-24-2012, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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What films are screened in "normal" movie theaters in your country? How about played on mainstream TV channels, or watched by "normal" (non-xenophile) people?

In Minnesota, it is almost exclusively Hollywood movies that get played in the theater. Most Americans are only familiar with Hollywood. Some Americans (I would surmise the more educated, urban set) watch foreign films, mainly from Latin America (e.g. Cidade de Deus) and Europe (e.g. Almodovar films). But your normal working stiff does not enjoy watching foreign movies, due in part to having to read subtitles.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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most bollywood movies are three hours long at a minimum , apparently indians demand value for money so no ninety minute comedys or anything else for that matter
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Flanders, Belgium
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I've checked the two main cinema's in my area.
Kinepolis (the one in Hasselt)
Euroscoop - Uw vertrouwde bioscoop in Lanaken, Maasmechelen en Genk (the one in Genk)

Mixed up together, today, wednesday April 25, they play

12 USA-movies
3 Belgian movies
1 Brittish/Canadian movie

So it is Hollywood-domination. But the movies you mentioned (Cidade de Deus or something from Almodovar) Hable Con Ella were played as well in the mainstream cinema.

The alternative movie theatres here play anything what's not Hollywood. The last one I've seen there was "Inni", about Sigur Ros (Iceland)
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:09 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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In India they also have Kollywood, Mollywood, Tollywood, and Ollywood
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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The main cinema in my city showing right now...

11 American
1 English
1 French
1 Dutch
1 Belgian
1 Norwegian

We also have a cinema with non-hollywood movies
Dutch, Belgian, French, Russian, Indian, Korean, Japanese etc.
You name it, they have it.

I still love American movies the most tho, followed by English.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:49 AM
 
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What about Dollywood and Nollywood????
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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In the main multiplex cinema near where I live in Gatineau, Quebec, the current lineup is:

U.S.: 10
France: 2
Canada (all from Quebec): 2*

*Though one of the Quebec films has a storyline that appears to take place entirely in Africa.

To answer the question directly, Bollywood films are almost nowhere to be found in Quebec. There may be one cinema in Montreal that shows them for members of a specific immigrant community - and maybe not even that.

U.S. films are still quite dominant here although Quebec films certainly hold their own and have a decent market share, and some French films can do pretty well and top the box office on occasion as well. Films from other European countries are also shown in mainstream (not art house) cinemas even in the smaller cities in Quebec. Stuff like the original Swedish Millenium movies, or Italian movies like La Vita è Bella or Spanish stuff by Almodovar.

Ironically, your average little lady in a 100% French Canadian town in Quebec is probably more likely to have seen Der Untergang than a German-Canadian or German-American somewhere else on the continent, or be more familiar with Cinema Paradiso than Italian-Canadians or Italian-Americans in the NE U.S. or Ontario.
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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most bollywood movies are three hours long at a minimum , apparently indians demand value for money so no ninety minute comedys or anything else for that matter
Not really. I am Indian, and there are plenty of shorter (2- 2 1/2 hr long) movies. I think many big budget movies (that make it to the US) do tend to be very long. 90 min movies however are definitely not usual. That's because Indian movies tend to have comedy, drama, action, songs, etc. all together. Think Sound of Music, or other such movies.

To get back to the original question, in my hometown in India we have movies in my own language Malayalam (bulk of the theaters screen these), a couple of theaters showing movies in Hindi (Bollywood), and a couple of theaters that screen Hollywood movies.

For the record, Mollywood refers to films from my state.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Kerala
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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As I understand it, of all the countries in the world, the countries that watch more locally made productions than foreign imports are.
USA
India
South Korea

It’s a short list, that's for sure!

As for our local Scene I just checked my Local Birch Carol and Coyle/Greater Union complex (Its Australia’s largest Main stream cinema company) and of the 20 movies showing at the moment the country's of origin are.

USA -14
India -2
UK - 2
South Africa -1
Australia -1

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Old 04-25-2012, 07:42 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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In the US, it's mainly Hollywood. I like non-Hollywood indie films or foreign films. In my town, there are several art-film houses and a film school that screen only indie and foreign. I feel very fortunate. Because there are a lot of Buddhist centers, and also a significant Native American population, we get a lot of Buddhist & Tibetan films and documentaries, and a lot of films on Indigenous people. I love my town for that.
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