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Claude Berri, French filmmaker and actor, dies at 74

Claude Berri, the French filmmaker who was a fixture in his country's film industry for more than 50 years and is perhaps best known for directing "Jean de Florette," which earned him international acclaim, died Monday. He was 74. Berri, whose short film "Le Poulet" (The Chicken) was awarded an Oscar in 1965, was hospitalized Sunday in Paris and died of what his agent, Dominique Segall, described as a "cerebral vascular" problem -- language often used to describe a stroke. He was in the midst of making "Tresor" ("Treasure") -- his 20th directing project -- when he fell ill. According to Segall, the film will continue "despite...

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