I wrote an essay quite recently about international film so please enjoy it below
From the beginning of time, humans all around the world have enjoyed stories. One of the greatest and most powerful ways to tell a story is a movie, and movies are made all over the world for people to enjoy. Even though the biggest film industry exists in Hollywood and the U.S, there are film industries all across the world and films made in every language imaginable. Once it was hard to distribute films from Hollywood to overseas and from overseas to other countries, but now the film industry is international. The most important advancement in cinema history has been sharing films internationally.
After The Silent Movie Era was over, Hollywood dominated the film industry in the U.S, because movie producers, along with studios, went to California. Hollywood started when a group of movie producers came to the West because in New York and other cities they were charged to film there. So they came to Southern California, Los Angeles back when it was part of Mexico. When they arrived, they went a little north in Los Angeles and found a little village called Hollywood. All of the locals welcomed the film crew and they made the movie called In Old California. That was how Hollywood began. Other film studios and producers flocked there. It expanded because of the fine weather and climate in California so they could make films year round and the easy traveling distance from other places, as well Hollywood being a cheap place to make movies.
In the later years Hollywood wanted to dominate the entire global film industry so movie producers went to a town called Joinville-le-Pont in France because there were the same sets for the movies they were doing and there were the exact same kinds of clothing in the town. The problem was that Walt Disney, Warner Bros. and many other film industries in Europe disapproved of Hollywood producers coming overseas so Hollywood had difficulty with them and there was no such thing as perfect dubbing or dubbing in general. So they had to re-create the whole movie with a new cast that spoke that language but they had difficulty because the cast were not experienced enough to be in a movie. The other problem was that Hollywood just didn’t care that much because they knew that the original movie was making lots of income. So their plan didn’t go that well.
When the filming industry finally figured out how to do dubbing they started to make their movies international by just getting a voice cast to record over the movie with a language of their choice and new soundtracks. All of these production companies started to share their movies to the rest of the world so people could enjoy the film in their own language so they understand. Then people could have watched movies made by Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Gaumont, no matter which language they were in. They also made a lot more money that way because they only had to shoot the movie once.
What would have happened if there were no international films? It would mean we would only be able to watch American movies if we were in America so we couldn’t be able to watch My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa of The Valley of The Wind, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Harry Potter. But luckily that is not true because these films have been distributed internationally. Those are movies loved by all ages. There are also international films that are dubbed into English or just from another English speaking country.
The way that today’s movies are impacted by international film is because movie directors can make draw inspiration from them (but not to much that they can get sued). Star Wars wouldn’t have even existed without George Lucas watching Japanese movies like Akira Kurosawa, which influenced him a lot. The reason why it is good to watch movies from different countries is that you can learn different cultures from all over the world so you can get perspective on the world and learn new ideas based from that culture. Another reason is because some movies could give the world a new idea for technology like holograms for communicating throughout the world. Movies have also shared a way of events from the past like the true horrors of WWII like D-Day which could inspire action games and many other things. Do movies have a difference from different countries? No because someone could be like from Asia living in Europe making it the same way as other Europeans and Asians because people share movies throughout the world. But back in the days movies were so different depending from which country it came from like in Japan they made Samurai movies and in China they made lots of Kung Fu movies or other things because who really knows because there was no internet back then to document this stuff.
Today movies are released across the world at the same time. For example the new Star Wars movie is coming out at the same time throughout the world in different languages on the exact date like 16 November 2015 (that is not the actual date for the movie).
If we didn’t have international movies most people in the world could not watch a lot of amazing movies like The Amazing Spider Man or My Neighbor Totoro. If we only restricted our movie watching to stories from one country, then we miss out on a whole world of wonderful stories, ideas and films.