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Pierre Etaix obituary

Film director and actor who kept the tradition of slapstick alive Although physical comedy in cinema lessened with the coming of sound, the tradition of slapstick was kept alive, principally by the American actor Jerry Lewis and the Frenchmen Jacques Tati and Pierre Etaix. Etaix, who has died aged 87, was directly inspired by his compatriot Max Linder, the first internationally celebrated film comic, and Buster Keaton.
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