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French director Alain Resnais dies aged 91

Alain Resnais at the 1998 Cesar Awards
Alain Resnais at the 1998 Cesar Awards
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French director Alain Resnais has died at age 91, according to "The Guardian." His long time friend and producer announced, he passed in Paris on March 1.

The director has done close to 50 films and recently directed "Life of Riley," which at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival won the Alfred Bauer Award.

Resnais was born on June 3, 1922 in Vannes. He made his first movie at the age of 13, it was a short film about the fairytale villain Fantomas. He became popular in the French New Wave era like other acclaimed directors, Godard and Truffaut.

He directed such popular art-house films like "Hiroshima mon Amour," "Last Year in Marienbad," 'Muriel, the 1955 documentary "Night and Fog," and more recent "The Same Old Song," "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," and "Wild Grass."

Throughout his film career he won many awards. In 2009, at the Cannes Film Festival, Resnais had been award the Lifetime Achievement Award.