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French filmmaker and novelist Pierre Schoendoerffer dies at 83

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Award-winning French filmmaker and novelist Pierre Schoendoerffer has died in Paris, his family said on Wednesday. Schoendoerffer was also a well-known war reporter, covering conflicts in Vietnam and Algeria. He was 83 years old.

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Schoendoerffer launched his career with the French military film service, documenting the war in Indochina. Following the 1954 defeat of French forces at Dien Bien Phu, he was held as a prisoner of war for four months.

He subsequently left the military but stayed on in Vietnam as a reporter for numerous French and US publications, including Paris Match and Time.

After 1955, Schoendoerffer continued as a correspondent, filmmaker and writer, covering events in Vietnam and the Algerian War.

His most famous works in France charted the war in Indochina, and “Le Crabe-Tambour” won three Cesar film awards in 1977.

Schoendoerffer was born in 1928 in Chamalieres, a town in the centre of France. He had three children, including filmmaker Frederic Schoendoerffer.
 

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