Briefly explain who Claude Berri was. Include any information you think is important about Claude Berri.

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Claude Berri was a giant in French cinema for almost half a century.  While he was not well known in the United States outside of film critics and festival fans, he is known throughout Europe as one of the best writers, directors and producers in recent memory.

He was directing his 20th film project when he fell ill and died at the age of 74.  He was known as a director who took risks, but could also produce popular, profitable films.  He won an Oscar in 1965 for "Le Poulet", and once produced a film about a young Jewish boy living under the Nazi occupation in France during World War II, just as he did.

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