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Weinstein: French cinema on verge of ‘golden age’

Harvey Weinstein said “The Artist” is just the beginning.

The Hollywood titan who produced the French-born silent film, which won five Academy Awards, said “France is about to have a golden age of cinema.”

And Mr. Weinstein said the movie’s success has paved the way for a foreign film — with dialogue — to win a best picture Oscar some day soon.

“We’ll break that barrier, too,” Mr. Weinstein told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

The expansive New Yorker was feeling particularly well-disposed to France after a Paris party celebrating “The Artist” and getting the esteemed Legion of Honor award from French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Mr. Sarkozy, to Mr. Weinstein’s joy, is a big movie buff. Mr. Weinstein also said he’s a big fan of a law Mr. Sarkozy championed to crack down on Internet piracy.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports.