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Hotel Terminus


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The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie
Nominated this year for an Oscar as the best documentary,
Marcel Ophuls 's compelling film is an investigation into the life of the notorious 'Butcher of Lyons', tracing his extraordinary career after the Second World War up to his recent trial in France.
Preparing the ground by contrasting the memories of childhood friends and military colleagues with the testimony of French witnesses to his wartime brutalities, Ophuls sets out to reveal the pattern of Barbie's highly successful post-war activities.
Filming in the USA. he elicits devastating evidence of the depth of the American complicity in employing known Nazis as agents in the new 'war' against communism. And in Bolivia, where various military dictatorships found a use for Barbie's peculiar talents, Ophuls talks to Barbie's neighbours, his gardener and fellow Nazis - painting a picture of a man at ease with family, work and life.
Then, in 1983, extradition to
France and, most astonishing of all, his trial in Lyons - the appearance in the dock of a wizened little man defended by an enigmatic and controversial lawyer.
Ophuls, the director of the acclaimed masterpiece The Sorrow and the Pity, distils this staggering range of material into a thrilling and seamless whole.
A monumental work, already lauded at the film festivals of Cannes and London.
... (Ophuls) uncovers a horror comic story of adventure and conspiracy.
... arguably the best film shown in this year's Cannes Film Festival.
It's not so much a dark chronicle of one man's evil action as an epic ...of reaction to evil.... assembled with a scalpel-like editorial precision.
Edited by ALBERT JURGENSON and CATHERINE ZIAS Executive producers
Produced and directed by MARCEL OPHULS
(Dialogue in French, German and Spanish with English subtitles.
First showing on British television)
0 BARRY NORMAN : page 13


Unknown: Marcel Ophuls
Edited By: Albert Jurgenson
Unknown: John S. Friedman.
Unknown: Peter Kovler
Directed By: Marcel Ophuls
Unknown: Barry Norman

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