France Tries to Lure Hollywood

 

Quentin Tarantino and the French have basked in mutual admiration since “Pulp Fiction”’ won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994. But like many relationships, this one sometimes gets strained over money.

Tarantino’s latest film, “Inglorious Basterds,” which the director has described as a “spaghetti Western but with World War II iconography,” is set in German-occupied France. It is widely expected to have its premiere at Cannes next month. But the crew spent only a few days in France, shooting the bulk of the film in and around Berlin.

The reason, according to The Weinstein Company, which produced the film, is simple: It costs too much. Germany, like several other European countries, provides financial incentives to foreign moviemakers, helping them attract a growing number of Hollywood productions — including some that, like “Inglorious Basterds,” appear to take place in France.

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