Panned, An Oscar Winner Offers Free Tickets

“French director Claude Lelouch faces a hefty bill after offering free screenings of his latest film when it was panned by newspaper critics. About 40,000 people across France took up the free tickets to see ‘Les Parisiens’ – at a cost of £104,000 ($186,000) to Mr Lelouch.”

Source: BBC - 09/22/04