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About Art House & International Movies

The term "art house film" usually refers to a film that sits somewhere outside the mainstream genres of big-budget commercial films. The term refers to the "art house" cinema, typically a small independent theater that specializes in showing films that appeal to a niche audience rather than the mass audience that prefers Hollywood blockbusters. Because of language barriers and cultural differences, international films also tend to appeal to smaller audiences in America, so films made in other countries are often grouped together with art films.

The art-house trend began in America in the 1940s and 1950s, when a part of the movie-going audience began to lose interest in the light-hearted homogeneous entertainment being produced by Hollywood. Small theaters in large cities and university towns began to show less ambitious, more serious films, and art-house audiences acquired a taste for high-minded European films, particularly those produced by a group of French filmmakers who were dubbed the "French New Wave."

Toward the end of the twentieth century, the art film began to share the niche-market space with the independent film. Like art films, independent films are produced outside the mainstream Hollywood studio system, and they are also likely to attract a smaller audience than a mainstream commercial film. Early art films, however, were typically serious and intellectual in tone, while contemporary independent films fall into a wide range of genres and may be as light-hearted as mainstream films.

In the early days, art house cinemas were usually confined to big cities, and audiences outside large metropolitan areas had limited access to art films and international films. With the rise of the internet and the wide-spread availability of on-demand viewing, though, the importance of the art house cinema has declined at the same time that the audience for international, independent and art films has increased.

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A Man Called Ove
A Man Called Ove
Ip Man 3
Ip Man 3
The Bouquet
The Bouquet
Miss Hokusai
Miss Hokusai
Arthur and the Invisibles 2: Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
Arthur and the Invisibles 2: Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard
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The People vs. Fritz Bauer
A Bigger Splash
A Bigger Splash
Born to Be Blue
Born to Be Blue
Mark of the Devil
Mark of the Devil
Head Above Water
Head Above Water
Legend of Bruce Lee
Legend of Bruce Lee
Another 9 1/2 Weeks
Another 9 1/2 Weeks
Wishing Stairs
Wishing Stairs
Worms
Worms
Long Way North
Long Way North
Hyena Road
Hyena Road
Remember
Remember
Ek Chitthi Pyar Bhari
Ek Chitthi Pyar Bhari
3 Steps to Heaven
3 Steps to Heaven
Milarepa
Milarepa
Heroes of the East
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Spirit of the Forest
The Tic Code
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words
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Umbrage
Mexico City
Particles of Truth
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Bhoot
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The Guru
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Ma Ma
Sunset Song
The Heirloom
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The Clan
37 Plots of Kung Fu
The Man Next Door
Carried Away
Mi Verano con Amanda 2
Little Ghost
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Extreme Challenge
Wild Iran: The Unveiled Collection of Iran's Plants and Animals
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The Lost Legion
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Long Live Your Death
The Wipers Times
My Time Will Come
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The White Warrior
Jogwa
Guardian Angel
Conduction
Mann
Behind the Lines
Sequestro
Cupid
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Crucible Of Horror
Nayee Padosan
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Easy Money
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