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The New York Times, 24. Juli 2000

French Film Director Sautet Dies

PARIS (AP) – French film director Claude Sautet, who made some 30 movies and became known as a chronicler of the mores of the French bourgeoisie, has died of cancer, a movie house that he worked with said Monday. He was 76.

Sautet died Saturday in Paris, said the Alain Sarde production company. It was not clear what type of cancer Sautet died of, and no other information was provided.

Sautet began making films in 1951, but his breakthrough movie was in 1969, with ``Les Choses de la vie'' (``The Things of Life''), a story about a middle class man who has a car accident and begins to re-examine his life. The movie marked Sautet's first of several attempts to examine the fate of individual people, their friendships, fights, loves, money problems and lost dreams.

He directed famous French film stars such as Yves Montand, Romy Schneider, and Michel Piccoli. Sautet won numerous French film honors, including the Cesar, one of the country's top film prizes, for his film ``Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud'' (``Nelly and Mr. Arnaud'').

Among Sautet's successes are ``Cesar et Rosalie,'' (Cesar and Rosalie), ``Vincent, Francois, Paul ... et les Autres,'' (Vincent, Francois, Paul ... and the Others) and ``Un Coeur en Hiver'' (``A Heart in Winter'').

There was no immediate word on survivors or funeral plans.

by The Associated Press
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