One of France's most popular actors, Jean-Paul Belmondo, has come to the forefront of a fight to save the country's ailing film industry.
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Background: One of France's most popular actors, Jean-Paul Belmondo, has come to the forefront of a fight to save the country's ailing film industry.
At present he is working on a film called "Peur Sur La Ville" -- (Fear Over the City) -- being filmed in paris. For the first time in his career he plays a policeman -- in the past he has mainly played villains.
M. Belmondo is also unusual because he does his own stunt work. In this film it involves riding on the roof of a Paris subway train.
But M. Belmondo and another star Michel Piccoli -- both members of the French actors union -- are concerned at the increasing costs of producing films in France. They have approached the Government to ask for urgent measures to be taken to save the "seventh art" in France.
They claim the country's three new television channels are screening too many old films to the detriment of current film production.
The Secretary of State for Culture, Michel Guy, has promised to "do battle" with the Finance Minister in an effort to obtain tax relief on cinema seat prices to try and attract more people to cinemas.
Between 1957 and 1974 the number of cinemas in France dropped from 5723 to 4199. For the past five years audiences in France have totalled about 175 million compared to 470 million 15 years ago.