16 July 2018

Claude Lanzmann, Shoah director, dies at age 92

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French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, best known for his masterpiece Shoah, has died in Paris at the age of 92. reports citing CNN.

Gallimard, the publishing house for Lanzmann’s autobiography, said in a statement that he died Thursday morning at a hospital in Paris.

The French director was 59 when the landmark film Shoah -- his second -- came out in 1985.

Considered one of the greatest films ever made about the Holocaust, the nine-and-a-half-hour-long documentary, which was filmed in the 1970s, includes testimony from Jewish victims, German executioners and Polish witnesses.

Shoah won the New York Film Critics Circle award for best non-fiction film and the BAFTA award for best documentary.

The filmmaker was honored at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival with a lifetime achievement honor, the Berlinale Golden Bear.

Lanzmann’s final film, Napalm, which premiered at Cannes in 2017, drew on his earlier visits to North Korea as a young journalist, in which he revealed his brief affair with a North Korean nurse.

He subsequently completed a four-part TV series, The Four Sisters, again examining the experiences of Holocaust survivors.

2018.07.05 / 19:19
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