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F. Rademakers; filmmaker won Oscar in 1986 for 'De Aanslag'

Dutch filmmaker Fons Rademakers, seen here in Utrecht, was known for his theatrical narrative style. (OLAF KRAAK/AFP/Getty Images/FILE 2003)

AMSTERDAM -- Fons Rademakers, whose 1986 movie "De Aanslag" ("The Assault") won an Academy Award as best foreign language film, died yesterday of emphysema at age 86, his son said.

The son, also named Fons, confirmed that his father died in the early morning after doctors turned off life-support machines at the filmmaker's request.

Mr. Rademakers was known for his theatrical narrative style, and was one of a small number of filmmakers in the Netherlands -- including "Basic Instinct" director Paul Verhoeven -- to produce a large number of full-budget feature films over a long career.

"De Aanslag," which also won a Golden Globe, told the story of a young boy whose family is killed by Germans during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands because they were wrongly believed to have been involved in the killing of a collaborator.

Mr. Rademakers also was known for the 1976 film "Max Havelaar," about corruption and exploitation in Indonesia during the era of Dutch colonial rule.

Both films, and others that Mr. Rademakers made, were based on classic Dutch novels, and his work was sometimes criticized as derivative.

"Well, you know, Shakespeare and Moliere didn't create their subjects, either," he said after winning the Oscar.

Mr. Rademakers leaves his sons, Fons and Alfred, and his wife, Lili.

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