Film distributor  

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"It may be said that [Radley] Metzger-the-distributor is as much an auteur as Metzger-the-director, since he would often spend months re-editing (and occasionally re-shooting) a foreign film for the American market." --"Aristocrat of the Erotic" (1973) by Richard Corliss.

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A film distributor is an independent company, a subsidiary company or occasionally an individual, which acts as the final agent between a film production company and a film exhibitor, to the end of securing placement of the producer's film on the exhibitor's screen. In the film business, the term "distribution" refers to the marketing and circulation of movies in theaters, and for home viewing (DVD, Video-On-Demand, Download, Television etc).

World cinema in the United States

Just as Roger Corman did with Russian science-fiction imports, Radley Metzger acquired his erotic blend of films in Europe, dubbing, marketing and distributing them but also expanding (adding extra footage) or shortening them where needed for the American market. Among the filmmakers he introduced to American audiences were José Bénazéraf, Max Pécas and Mac Ahlberg.

And even before that, there was Kroger Babb, who adapted the Swedish films of Ingmar Bergman for American audiences.

Another example is What's Up, Tiger Lily?, a 1966 comedy by Woody Allen which utilized clips from Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi, a Japanese spy film.

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