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Painter, Filmmaker Robert Lapoujade Dead At 72

May 18, 1993

PARIS (AP) _ Painter and filmmaker Robert Lapoujade, best-known for his portraits of French literary greats such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Andre Breton, has died, his family announced Tuesday. He was 72.

The date and cause of death were not specified.

Lapoujade’s films included 15 short subjects. In 1975, he won a Cesar - the French equivalent of an Oscar - for his animated short, ″Un Comedien Sans Paradoxe″ (An Actor Without Paradox).

In 1973, Lapoujade shocked the Cannes Film Festival with ″Le Sourire Vertical″ (The Vertical Smile), a full-length feature later banned by French censors because of its sexually explicit and violent scenes.

Lapoujade also wrote several books of essays and a novel.

No details on survivors were immediately available. A private funeral was set for Wednesday in Saincy-sur-Bellot, south of Paris.

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