Why I bluffed my way into North Korea: Claude Lanzmann on his Pyongyang lover

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He said he was making a film about taekwondo. But the great French director was actually on the trail of an old flame he had a secret romance with in the 1950s

At 91, Claude Lanzmann is a virtual folk memory of cinema. He is the former teenage fighter in the French resistance whose Jewish family went into hiding when war broke out. In 1985, he directed Shoah, the eight-hour documentary about the Holocaust composed almost entirely of first-person testimony. Now in Cannes, he has premiered a film about his personal experiences in North Korea. Napalm is a movie that, initially, takes its cue from the underreported fact that the US used the incendiary weapon in the Korean war of 1950-53.

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