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The term international film usually designates any film produced outside the United States and without support from major Hollywood studios. Sometimes also referred to as world cinema, international films usually differ from mainstream U.S. productions in terms of country of origin, narrative style, cinematography, release schedule, distribution, and marketing. Research regarding these films may focus on any of these aspects, in addition to considering cinematic productions in textual or discursive terms, or analyzing them in relationship to social, cultural, political, and economic contexts. Several disciplines take interest in international films, and various theories and methods can prove useful for analysis.

Notably, although many American films are produced with significant involvement from people in other countries and are shot in locations throughout the world, movies made mainly ...

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