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Jiří Menzel

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Jiří Menzel (Czech: [ˈjɪr̝iː ˈmɛntsl̩]  ( listen)) (23 February 1938 – 5 September 2020)[1] was a Czech movie director, theatre director, actor, and screenwriter.[2]

He directed the 1966 movie Closely Watched Trains, which won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film. He was also known for directing Larks on a String and My Sweet Little Village. Menzel was born in Prague.

Menzel died on 5 September 2020 in Prague from a long-illness, aged 82.[1] His wife confirmed two months later that Menzel died from COVID-19.[3]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 "V osmdesáti dvou letech zemřel režisér Jiří Menzel" (in Czech). Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  2. "Menzel receives lifetime achievement award". Radio Prague International. 2016-12-11. Retrieved 2020-09-06.
  3. "Oscar-winning Czech filmmaker Jiří Menzel died with COVID-19, reveals widow". The Prague Reporter. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 9 November 2020.

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