Today is the anniversary of the death in 1970 of Albert Lamorisse, celebrated film director and inventor of the game Risk. He was 48 when he died in a helicopter crash while making a movie in Iran. He has a Facebook page. AMC TV has a short biography.
The film for which he may be best known is The Red Balloon, which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1956. We have the VHS tape of this film, but the kids never liked it much. I love it. It's online from viddler.com:
The New York Times has an article discussing both The Red Balloon and Lamorisse's earlier film White Mane.