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Pierre Schoendoerffer, French director renowned for war films, dies at 83
PARIS (AP) ' Pierre Schoendoerffer, an Oscar-winning French filmmaker who was held prisoner in Indochina and chronicled war on screen and on the page, has died. He was 83.
The French military health service confirmed that he died Wednesday. France's Le Figaro newspaper said Schoendoerffer died in a hospital outside Paris after an operation.
President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a statement that "France will miss him." Sarkozy praised the "legendary filmmaker and novelist" for risking his life for France and "helping us better understand our collective history."
Schoendoerffer won an Oscar in 1968 for his documentary "The Anderson Platoon," filmed in Vietnam.
He served as a cameraman in the French army and was captured in the fortress of Dien Bien Phu before going on to make documentary and fiction films.