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French cinema great Chabrol dies

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One of France’s most famous and best loved film makers, Claude Chabrol, has died. He was 80 years old.

Considered a master of the mystery genre by some, Chabrol has been credited with starting the “nouvelle vague” or new wave of French cinema, an attempt to put the director, as auteur, at the centre of the film.

His prolific career as a director began in 1969 with “Le Beau Serge”. Over the next four decades he would produce at least one film every year.

His last cinematic effort was “Bellamy” starring Gerard Depardieu.