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French filmmaker Chris Marker dies

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Jul 30, 2012 | 10:15am EDT

He died in Paris on Monday (30Jul12) - just one day after his 91st birthday.

Marker is perhaps best known for his 28-minute post-apocalyptic short film La jetee, but he first rose to fame in 1952 with his movie debut Olympia 52, which documented the Helsinki Olympic Games in Finland.

In 1961 he interviewed former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro for the movie Cuba Si!, and he later gained notoriety for A Grin Without a Cat, which examined the socialist movement. His film projects also included AK, a documentary about iconic Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.

Throughout his varied career, Marker, who was also an essayist, dabbled in film criticism, photography and digital technology - one of his most famous works, Owls at Noon Prelude: The Hollow Men, was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2005.

Cannes Film Festival President Gilles Jacob remembered the star with a post on his Twitter.com account on Monday, calling him an "indefatigable filmmaker" and a "curious mind" with "immense talents".

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