Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Co production hierarchy?

In Italian co-productions of the 1960s and 1970s do you think there was something of a hierarchy of prestige/respectability, where a French co-production ranked at the top and a Spanish one at the bottom? The French Sex Murders would be a rule proving exception.

I'm thinking of the difference between Cat o' Nine Tails and Four Flies on Grey Velvet, the former being the Italian-West German-French co-production that is often criticised as too generic and the latter as a the Italian-French co-production where the absence of a West German krimi input seems to have resulted in a more challenging and idiosyncratic film.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The only thing I could imagine might be the relative importance of target markets, with Germany, France and Italy (in that order with Italy being a distinct third) being the most important, but probably also more demanding ones in Europe.