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Tuesday, 3 October, 2000, 10:46 GMT 11:46 UK
France celebrates British cinema
Centre Pompidou
Pompidou: The focus of the British cinema festival
Actresses Joely and Natasha Richardson are opening a five-month-long British film festival at the Pompidou centre in Paris on Tuesday.

The sisters, together with Vanessa, Corin and Jemma Redgrave, are launching a month-long tribute to the Redgrave and Richardson acting dynasty, which starts the festival.

Joely Richardson
Joely Richardson leads a celebration of her family's acting talents

The first film to be screened at a gala opening on Tuesday night is the 1946 drama The Captive Heart, starring Michael Redgrave and his wife, Rachel Kempson.

The festival, called Typiquement British, and run by the British Film Institute and the British Council, features 200 UK films, subtitled for the French audience.

It incorporates the work of Hitchcock, Hammer horror movies, Monty Python and more contemporary cinema such as The Full Monty.

Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock: the master of suspense
In France, cinema admissions are 10% higher than in the UK and more than 100 French films are produced each year.

But less than 5% of cinemagoers watch British films.

British directors, such as Mike Leigh, are well-known and respected in France, but the festival will include some British films screened in the country for the first time.

British Film Institute director Jon Teckman said: "The festival aims to familiarise audiences with the history and heritage of British cinema."

He added: "We hope this wonderful celebration will appeal widely to French people interested in cinema, but also to the growing number of British citizens resident in Paris."

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