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November 1988 (USA) See more »
A documentary about Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief of Lyon, and his life after the war. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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"Unsettling, heartrending, revealing and disenchanting..." See more (18 total) »


  (in credits order)

Klaus Barbie ... Himself
Marcel Ophüls ... Himself
Johannes Schneider-Merck ... German Import-Exporter, Barbie's Neighbour in Lima
Raymond Lévy ... Billiard Player in Lyon
Marcel Cruat ... Billiard Player in Lyon
Henri Varlot ... Billiard Player in Lyon
Pierre Mérindol ... Journalist from Lyon
Johann Otten ... Farmer, School Friend from Barbie's native village
Peter Minn ... Wehrmacht Major, retired, Barbie's high school friend
Claude Bourdet ... Resistance Leader
Eugene Kolb ... Lt., C.I.C. Control Officer, retired, Barbie's former Superior
Lise Lesèvre ... Member of the French Underground
Lucie Aubrac ... Resistance Leader
Raymond Aubrac ... Resistance Leader
Simone Lagrange ... Auschwitz Survivor
Daniel Cordier ... Jean Moulin's former Assistant
Daniel Dugoujon ... Physician in Caluire
René Hardy ... Train Saboteur for French Underground (archive footage)
Fernand Bucchanieri ... Mayor of Solutré
Claude Bal ... Filmmaker
René Tavernier ... Poet and Resistance Fighter

Bertrand Tavernier ... Filmmaker
Karl-Heinz Müller ... Gestapo Chief, Toulouse
Harry Steingritt ... Gestapo Bodyguard, Lyon
Serge Klarsfeld ... Maitre / Attorney-at-law and Historian
Albert Rosset ... National Front Leader in Lyon
Gilbert Wolf ... Resistance Fighter
Roger Maria ... Resistance Fighter
Armand Zuchner ... French Police Officer, retired
Nicole Gompel ... Zuchner's Daughter
Françoise Hemmerlé ... Writer, Resident of Lyon
Léon Landin ... Freedom Fighter, F.T.P.-M.O.I.
Erhard Dabringhaus ... C.I.C. Control Officer, retired
Michel Thomas ... Language Teacher, US Counter-Intelligence Agent, retired
Daniel Cohn-Bendit ... Former Student Leader
Günter Grass ... Writer
Wolfgang Gustmann ... Veteran of the Waffen SS Office
Herr Knittel ... Spokesman for Bavarian Ministry of Justice
Karl Polke ... Former C.I.C. Informer
Robert Taylor ... Sgt., Army Counter-Intelligence, retired
Leni Taylor ... Taylor's Wife
Allan A. Ryan Jr. ... Formerly US Dept. of Justice Officer
Earl Browning ... Sgt., Army Counter-Intelligence, retired
Paul Paillole ... Col. - Former Chief of French Intelligence
Jacques Delarue ... Historian
Benjamin Shute ... Former Intelligence Director, H.I.C.O.G.
Ivo Omrcanin ... Croatian Exile
Elisabeth Holtzman ... District Attorney of Brooklyn, NY
Georges Neagoy ... Former C.I.A. Agent
Gustavo Sánchez Salazar ... Bolivian Secretary of the Interior
Gastón Velasco ... Bolivian Businessman
Mirna Murillo ... Bolivian Journalist
Peter McFarren ... Associated Press Correspondant in Bolivia
Álvaro De Castro ... Barbie's Bodyguard
Joachim Fiebelkorn ... Adventurer
José Antonio Santos-Chichizola ... Former Peruvian Judge
Albert Brun ... Agente France Presse Correspondant in Perú
Beate Klarsfeld ... Researcher of Nazi Crimes
Ita Halaunbrenner ... Witness for the Prosecution
Alexandre Halaunbrenner ... Ita Halaunbrenner's Son
Monique Halaunbrenner ... Ita Halaunbrenner's Daughter
Ladislas De Hoyos ... TV Anchorman
Guido Vildoso ... Former President of Bolivia
Werner Guttentag ... Publisher in Bolivia
Régis Debray ... Advisor to the French President
Paul Schmitt ... Prison Warden - Montluc

Jacques Vergès ... Maitre / Attorney-at-law
Jacques Derogy ... Investigative Journalist

Claude Lanzmann ... Himself
Ute Messner ... Barbie's Daughter, Librarian in Austria
Françoise Croizier ... Housewife in Santa Cruz
Roger Roucou ... Restaurant Owner
Christian Bourillot ... Restaurant Owner
Marie-Louise Vettard ... Restaurant Owner
Chantal Vettard ... Marie-Louise Vettard's Daughter in Law
Judith Miller ... New York Times Correspondant
Richard Bernstein ... New York Times Correspondant
Milton Dank ... Historian
Lluís Bassets ... El País Correspondant
Françoise Stoll ... French Student
Isabel Hilton ... The Independent Correspondant
Jean-Marie Le Pen ... Leader of the National Front
Pierre Truche ... Language Teacher, US Counter-Intelligence Agent, retired
Alfred Streim ... Federal Prosecutor of Nazi Crimes in Germany
Sorj Chalandon ... Libération Reporter in Lyon
Julien Favet ... Farm Worker at Izieu
Roland Rappaport ... Maitre / Attorney-at-law
Sabrina Zlatin ... Former Supervisor of Children's Home at Izieu
Alain Finkielkraut ... Philosopher

Alain Jakubowicz ... Maitre / Attorney-at-law
André Castelnau ... Journalist

Jeanne Moreau ... Narrator

Directed by
Marcel Ophüls 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marcel Ophüls  writer

Produced by
Bernard Farrel .... associate producer
Hamilton Fish .... executive producer
John S. Friedman .... executive producer
Peter Kovler .... executive producer
Marcel Ophüls .... producer
Cinematography by
Reuben Aaronson (director of photography)
Pierre Boffety 
Daniel Chabert 
Michael J. Davis 
Paul Gonon 
Hans Haber 
Lionel Legros 
Wilhelm Rösing 
Film Editing by
Albert Jurgenson 
Catherine Zins 
Production Management
Bernard Farrel .... production manager
Sound Department
Michael Busch .... sound
Philippe Mouisset .... sound
Michel Trouillard .... sound editor
Anne Weil .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Olivier Durand .... assistant camera
Laurent Machuel .... assistant camera
Beatrice Mizrahi .... assistant camera
Madelyn Most .... b camera operator
Editorial Department
Brigitte Bernard .... assistant editor
Sophie Brunet .... assistant editor
Thérèse Giraud .... assistant editor
Other crew
Dieter Riefart .... assistant to director

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Germany:267 min | USA:267 min
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Director Marcel Ophüls deliberately chose not to show any Holocaust footage as he felt that audiences had become too used to gruesome imagery of that nature.See more »
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"Unsettling, heartrending, revealing and disenchanting...", 30 January 2013
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

German-born American documentary filmmaker Marcel Ophüls' fourth documentary feature which he wrote and produced, was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 41st Cannes International Film Festival in 1988 and is a France-USA co-production. It tells the story about 44 children from a Jewish orphanage in Izieu, France and the collaborators, friends, enemies, supporters, accomplices and victims of a husband and father of two who began his long-lasting career as a Nazi during the early 1930s in Germany and the acts he committed by himself and was helped to commit against humanity.

This somewhat biographical, historic, political and comprehensive post-war Germany story which is narrated from multiple viewpoints, in an objective way and through the voices of survivors of torture, former leaders of the former French Resistance, former members of the former Counter Intelligence Corps in the United States, former activists, attorneys, journalists and people who experienced WWII and it's aftermath, is an informative and incisive examination of French and German history, war crimes, the displacement of guilt and an investigative journey through the places where the main character grew up, studied, took up residence and carried out clandestine operations.

This multilingual, conversational and important non-fictional feature is impelled and reinforced by it's interrelated stories, the absence of visual effects, of the subject himself, the director's presence, his way of conducting interviews and the presence of the interviewees who as much as the filmmakers are the creators of this documentary. An unsettling, heartrending, revealing and disenchanting documentary feature from the late 1980s which gained, among other awards, the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 61st Academy Awards in 1989 and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 41st Cannes Film Festival in 1988.

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