Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie
|Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie|
|Directed by||Marcel Ophüls|
|Produced by||Marcel Ophüls|
|Written by||Marcel Ophüls|
Jeanne Moreau (voice)
|Distributed by||The Samuel Goldwyn Company|
|October 6, 1988 (US)|
Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie (French: Hôtel Terminus: Klaus Barbie, sa vie et son temps) is a 1988 documentary film directed by Marcel Ophüls about the life of Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie. The film covers Barbie's relatively innocent childhood, his time with the Gestapo in Lyon (where he apparently excelled at torture), through to the forty years between the end of World War II and his eventual deportation from Bolivia to stand trial for crimes against humanity in France. The film explores a number of themes, including the nature of evil and the diffusion of responsibility in hierarchical situations.
The film features interviews from both supporters and opponents of Barbie's trial, from journalists to former U.S. Counter Intelligence Corps agents to independent investigators of Nazi war crimes to Barbie's defense attorney. Much of the testimony presented is contradictory: for example, some interviewees allege that Barbie was brought to trial as a figurehead while others allege that he was allowed to go free for forty years as a result of the protection of various governments (including those of the United States and Bolivia), because Barbie knew secret agents and a public trial could potentially jeopardize various intelligence operations.
Nonetheless, within the course of the film, Barbie is brought to trial and sentenced to life in prison; near the end of the film, his defense attorney vows to appeal the decision.
- Claude Bourdet
- Counterintelligence Corps (United States Army)
- Elizabeth Holtzman
- Guido Vildoso
- Jacques Vergès
- Jean Moulin
- Paul Paillole
- Ratlines (World War II)
- Régis Debray
- "NY Times: Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
- "Festival de Cannes: Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-07-29.
- Hôtel Terminus at the Internet Movie Database
- Hotel Terminus: Klaus Barbie et son Temps at AllMovie
- Hotel Terminus - The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie at Rotten Tomatoes
- Hotel Terminus at Icarus Films
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