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Claude Lanzmann, the French filmmaker best known for acclaimed Holocaust documentary Shoah has died in Paris. The director’s family confirmed the news to Le Monde and a spokesperson for publishing house Gallimard said Lanzmann passed away at home after having been “very very weak” for several days. He was 92. His death comes one day after the French theatrical release of his latest film, Les Quatre Soeurs, which features testimonials from four Holocaust survivors which were not included in Shoah.
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Lanzmann was born in Paris on November 27, 1925. During World War II, his family went into hiding and he joined the French Resistance at the age of 17. He later fell in with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and other leaders of the French intellectual Left.
He worked as a journalist and joined the editorial team of revue Les Temps Modernes alongside de Beauvoir and Sartre in the 1950s, ultimately becoming its director. His first film was 1973’s Pourquoi Israel (Why Israel), a documentary examining life in Israel 25 years after the birth of the state. Other films as director include 1994’s Tashal; 2001’s Sobibor, 14 Octobre 1943, 16 Heures; 2013’s Le Dernier Des Injustes; and 2017’s Napalm. Each of those, save Tashal, received a berth in the Official Selection in Cannes.
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