Key Dates In French Filmmaker, Claude Lanzmann’s Life

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Updated July 5, 2018
In this file photo taken on May 21, 2017 French director Claude Lanzmann poses during a photocall for the film ‘Napalm’ at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. Lanzmann, 92-years-old, died on July 5, 2018, according to his publishers.
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Here are key dates in the life of French documentary filmmaker and writer Claude Lanzmann, most remembered for his works on the Holocaust, including the epic “Shoah”.

November 27, 1925: He is born at Bois-Colombes, near Paris.

1943: Joins the French resistance against the German occupation.

1952: Becomes friends with renowned existentialist philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. He soon begins a romantic relationship with Beauvoir which will last until 1959.

1972: His first film, “Pourquoi Israel” (“Israel, Why”) is released.

1985: The release to wide acclaim of “Shoah”, which took 12 years to make.

2009: Lanzmann publishes his memoirs, “Le Lievre de Patagonie” (“The Patagonian Hare”).

2013: He receives a lifetime achievement award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

2017: “Napalm”, which tells of his brief but intense romance with a North Korean nurse in 1958, is presented at the Cannes Film Festival.

July 4, 2018: His final film “Les Quatre Soeurs” (“The Four Sisters”), about women who survived the Holocaust, is released in France.

July 5, 2018: He dies at his home in Paris, aged 92.