- Associated Press - Monday, July 30, 2012

PARIS (AP) - France’s Culture Ministry has confirmed that award-winning French filmmaker Chris Marker has died, one day after his 91st birthday.

Many critics count Marker, with his experimental documentary style, as among the most influential French filmmakers of the post-war era.

His 1962 classic “La Jetee” _ a 28-minute post-apocalyptic movie comprised almost entirely of stills _ is often ranked among the best time-travel films ever made.

It was the inspiration for Hollywood’s “Twelve Monkeys,” which Marker co-wrote.

Cannes Film Festival President Gilles Jacob called Marker an “indefatigable filmmaker,” paying homage to a director who was still active into his 80s.

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