Table And Figure Numbers Of Films Produced

Film production statistics are notoriously difficult to pin down, since they depend on the criteria used. The main problem is the status of co-productions. Is a film French if its director is French and its stars non-French, for example? The figures presented here should therefore be used with caution, and are intended as a guide rather than an accurate record. We have given statistics for a number of European countries, mainly so that the reader can place French film production in a context other than the US-French relationship. Where French statistics are concerned, we have given two different versions. The first, 'France (S)', is the version given by Simsi (2000); Simsi does not make his criteria clear, but is likely to have included some co-productions. 'France (V)', and the statistics for the other countries are those given by Ginette Vincendeau for the period 1945-1993 in the Encyclopedia of European Cinema (London: Cassell/British Film Institute, 1995); these have been supplemented for the period 1994-1998 by figures from the various BFI Film and Television Handbooks. Vincendeau's figures explicitly include co-productions, without making the proportions clear.

These difficulties aside, the figures show definable trends: French production has always been strong in European terms. It has taken over from Italy as the most prolific producer of films in Europe, Italy dominating the 1960s, and France dominating the 1980s and 1990s.

Fr

Fr UK It Ger Sp

(S>

1945

50

72

51

-

-

33

1973

170

200

98

252

98

118

1946

83

94

66

62

1

38

1974

158

234

89

231

80

112

1947

88

72

73

60

9

49

1975

175

222

91

230

73

110

1948

92

91

120

54

23

45

1976

157

214

92

237

60

108

1949

100

108

125

76

62

36

1977

149

222

73

165

52

102

1950

111

118

99

92

82

49

1978

116

160

77

143

57

107

1951

113

112

102

104

60

42

1979

151

174

77

144

65

89

1952

113

109

132

132

82

40

1980

144

189

61

160

49

118

1953

106

111

142

146

114

44

1981

131

231

66

103

76

137

1954

85

98

148

190

109

69

1982

122

165

46

114

70

140

1955

82

110

115

126

128

56

1983

107

131

56

110

77

99

1956

99

129

130

91

123

75

1984

122

161

51

103

75

75

1957

114

142

164

137

107

72

1985

130

151

53

89

64

77

1958

92

126

135

141

115

65

1986

124

134

35

109

70

60

1959

105

133

140

164

106

67

1987

126

133

48

116

65

69

1960

104

153

157

160

95

83

1988

128

137

40

124

57

63

1961

109

167

151

205

80

91

1989

128

136

27

117

68

48

1962

99

125

171

245

61

88

1990

103

146

47

119

48

47

1963

104

141

150

230

66

114

1991

123

156

46

129

72

64

1964

102

148

126

290

77

130

1992

123

155

42

127

63

52

1965

86

142

97

203

72

151

1993

124

152

60

106

67

56

1966

80

130

99

232

60

164

1994

101

101

63

95

57

44

1967

96

120

140

247

96

125

1995

122

122

76

75

70

59

1968

94

117

107

246

107

117

1996

122

122

128

99

63

91

1969

97

154

112

249

121

125

1997

165

165

116

110

61

80

1970

106

138

122

231

113

105

1998

146

146

88

92

119

65

1971

103

127

67

216

99

91

1999

164

164

-

-

-

-

1972

132

169

131

280

85

103

350 i 300 -250 200 150 100 50 0

Figure 2 Numbers of films produced 1945-1999

TABLE 5 AND FIGURE 3: SHARE OF THE FRENCH MARKET 1945-1999

The figures show how British films have attracted more or less the same share of the French market for the last fifty years. US films, after a slow decline during the 1950s and 1960s, gradually came to dominate the French market after the mid-1980s, largely as a result of blockbuster and action films.

TABLE 5 AND FIGURE 3: SHARE OF THE FRENCH MARKET 1945-1999

The figures show how British films have attracted more or less the same share of the French market for the last fifty years. US films, after a slow decline during the 1950s and 1960s, gradually came to dominate the French market after the mid-1980s, largely as a result of blockbuster and action films.

France

USA

Great Britain

France

USA

Great Britain

1945

46.2

43.6

3.5

1973

58.5

19.8

4.1

1946

46.4

44.2

4.2

1974

53.9

21.3

4.1

1947

43.5

44.5

3.9

1975

50.7

27

4.1

1948

44.1

43.8

4

1976

52.1

27.7

5.3

1949

42.4

44.5

4.2

1977

46.5

30.5

6.3

1950

45.1

42.5

4.6

1978

46

32.6

4.2

1951

47.3

40

3.7

1979

50.1

29.3

5.1

1952

49.2

37.2

3.6

1980

47.1

35.9

4

1953

47.7

35.4

3.8

1981

49.7

30.8

6.3

1954

47.3

34.5

3.9

1982

53.4

30.1

4.6

1955

48.6

33.6

3.7

1983

46.8

35

6.3

1956

48.6

43.6

3.7

1984

49.3

36.9

4.8

1957

50

32.3

4.6

1985

44.6

39.3

8.1

1958

48.6

30.4

6.4

1986

43.7

43.3

8.1

1959

49.5

31.6

5.2

1987

36.2

45.7

6

1960

51.1

28.5

5.5

1988

39.1

45.7

3.9

1961

51.2

27.6

4.5

1989

34.3

55.5

4.4

1962

50.9

29.6

3.1

1990

37.6

55.9

1.5

1963

48.8

30.7

3.8

1991

30.6

58.2

7.2

1964

48.8

30.4

5.8

1992

34.9

58.2

1.6

1965

52.5

27

7.8

1993

35.1

57.1

2.7

1966

51

28

7.7

1994

28.3

60.9

7

1967

52.1

27.5

6.5

1995

35.2

53.9

6.5

1968

50

26.2

6.1

1996

37.5

54.3

5.1

1969

46.3

26.1

7.6

1997

34.5

53.8

7.3

1970

49

26

5.5

1998

34.5

53.8

7.3

1971

53

24.8

5.5

1999

29.7

53.9

8.7

1972

53.5

24.3

5

Figure 3 Share of the French market 1945-1999
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