"And, let's face it: Hollywood films have exerted a degree of influence on filmmakers around the world. There's certainly cross-pollination," Mr. Maltin said. "Whether that's creating a more universally palatable type of moviemaking, I don't know."
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It's been shrinking for a number of years," said Mr. Maltin, noting that films such the Oscar-winning British-Indian co-production "Slumdog Millionaire" remain the exceptions.