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The Girl with the Foreign Language Franchise

by Anthony Kaufman
July 7, 2010 1:07 AM
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With the release on DVD of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" yesterday and the theatrical distribution of sequel "The Girl Who Played With Fire" in theaters on Friday, I examine the Swedish phenom for in this article "The Girl with the Foreign Language Franchise":

The year's most successful foreign film isn't from Pedro Almodóvar, doesn't include martial arts fighting and isn't distributed by Miramax or Sony Pictures Classics. It didn't even play at a major international film festival like Cannes or Toronto. Reviews were generally favorable, but by no means raves; and with no foreign stars and a running time of more than two-and-a-half hours, it's a miracle that the Swedish thriller "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" garnered some $9 million in U.S. ticket sales and has become a first-of-its-kind arthouse franchise for new distributor Music Box Films....

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