865.4061 Motion Pictures/64a
The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Italy (Kirk)
Sir: Reference is made to the Department’s telegrams Nos. 78, July 2, 8 p.m. and 107, August 8, 2 p.m.; also your Nos. 247, July 3, noon, 309, August 3, 7 p.m., 318, August 7, 11 a.m., and 325, August 11, 11 a.m.,30 relating to certain new regulations whereby the transfer abroad of proceeds for the rental of films in Italy would be limited and any remittances above the designated amount would have to be deposited in Italy in blocked accounts to be drawn upon only with official authority and for utilization in investment in Italian film products.
You are requested to make preliminary informal representations to the Italian authorities, pointing out to them that the effect of these [Page 361]regulations, if applied, would be to render virtually impossible the continued export of American films to Italy, thereby causing grave prejudice to an important American group doing business with Italy and constituting a serious setback in the trade relations between Italy and the United States.
You are requested, furthermore, unless you perceive objection, to leave the enclosed Memorandum with the Italian authorities.
Very truly yours,
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