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Director Edouard Molinaro dies

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Acclaimed director Edouard Molinaro died Saturday at age 85.

The AP reported that French President Francois Hollande confirmed Molinaro’s passing. He reportedly died of lung failure at a hospital in France.

"Edouard Molinaro possessed the talent for attracting a broad public to quality films," the statement read, according to the BBC. "This film-maker, who had a rich and varied career, directed the greatest actors of French cinema while winning over the public, and winning the admiration of his peers, at the same time.”

Molinaro was noted for his comedy films and historical dramas. His most famous work was the farce La Cage aux Folles (1978), which involved two gay men who pretend to be interested in women.

The film earned Molinaro an Academy Award nomination as Best Director and would be redone as the Mike Nichols film The Birdcage (1996) with Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest and Nathan Lane. That same year, Molinaro was awarded the Prix Rene Clair for his film career. Previous recipients of the award include Roman Polanski.

In recent years, Molinaro’s work was primarily with television.

Molinaro’s other films include Oscar (1967), My Uncle Benjamin (1969), Dracula and Son (1976) and Just the Way You Are (1984).

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