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U.S. Watches Film Legislation in Israel; Publishes Details

August 16, 1954
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The United States Department of Commerce this week-end reported that legislation to encourage the native Israeli motion picture industry has been promulgated in Israel. It provides that every movie exhibitor in Israel must show at least four hours of domestic film product each week. Exhibitors are allowed to show foreign films; but for each 90 minutes of foreign film, the movie house must show at least nine minutes of Israeli newsreels, most of which must include “matter of Israel public interest. “

Under the law, a film council is established by the Israeli Government, and this council may rule off the screens such films as do not have sufficient “artistic or technical merit. ” Furthermore, the law provides that at least 80 percent of the domestic non-newsreel film shown there trust be photographed and processed in Israel.

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