chapter  11
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Knight Moves

However, as development progressed, it seems that French producer JeanLuc Defait felt that a direct attack on the American market was too ambitious and he re-fashioned the project to suit the tastes of what he hoped would be a mainstream audience for the film in Europe. In this Defait was undoubtedly influenced by the fact that his star, Lambert, was simply not attractive to US audiences, except perhaps in the video market. It is notable that the film, which was largely financed by pre-sale guarantees, was not pre-sold to a US distributor.