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Oscar-winning filmmaker Strick dies

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Jun 08, 2010 | 9:15am EDT

Strick, who was born in Pennsylvania, died on 1 June (10) in Paris, France, where he had lived for several years.

He won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject in 1970 for Interviews With My Lai Veterans, which he wrote, produced and directed.

He also won the British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) Flaherty Documentary Award for his 1959 film, The Savage Eye.

But Strick was perhaps best known for his screen adaptations of risque literary works including The Balcony, Ulysses and Tropic of Cancer, starring Rip Torn.

He hit headlines in 1970 after losing a court battle to overturn the X rating awarded to Tropic by the Motion Picture Association of America. The movie retained its adult rating until the early 1990s, when it was lowered to allow anyone 17 and over to view the film.

Other notable movie credits include Never Cry Wolf, Ring of Bright Water and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Strick is survived by his second wife, Martine Rossignol Strick, and their two children, as well as his three kids from his first marriage.

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