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Co-Productions Between Different Countries...


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There's no such thing as a co-production between countries; film production is a business venture, nothing more; the deals made are between companies, not nations.


Using your example of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, it was American insofar as the the source of the production funds and releasing entity (Columbia Pictures), and producer (Sam Spiegel), but he and British director David Lean chose whatever personnel they wanted. The story dictated that most of the important actors would be British (with two important Americans, Anthony Quinn and Arthur Kennedy), and the director was comfortable with his British crews. The so-called "international film" that evolved after the demise of the Big Studio era cannot be accurately and reliably determined by the nationalities of the creators and personnel; in the end, it's who put up the money and owns the finished product. In LAWRENCE's case, it's Columbia, so it's an American film.

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