Germans to Subsidize Cruise Film





A German film fund will grant subsidies worth $6.5 million to Tom Cruise’s new film, “Valkyrie,” Reuters reported. The grant, from a fund with an annual film-subsidy budget of $82 million, exceeds the total cost of most German movies. Last week the German government barred the filmmakers from using a location where the military officer portrayed by Mr. Cruise was executed for a failed attempt to assassinate Hitler. A spokesman for the German government said that Mr. Cruise’s affiliation with Scientology had nothing to do with that decision. The Finance Ministry, which controls state properties, said filming is generally banned at the location — now a national shrine — because of a previous bad experience with a German filmmaker.

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