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Hôtel Terminus (1988)

A documentary about Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief of Lyon, and his life after the war.

Director:

Marcel Ophüls

Writer:

Marcel Ophüls
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Klaus Barbie ... Himself
Marcel Ophüls ... Himself
Johannes Schneider-Merck Johannes Schneider-Merck ... German Import-Exporter, Barbie's Neighbour in Lima
Raymond Lévy Raymond Lévy ... Billiard Player in Lyon
Marcel Cruat Marcel Cruat ... Billiard Player in Lyon
Henri Varlot Henri Varlot ... Billiard Player in Lyon
Pierre Mérindol Pierre Mérindol ... Journalist from Lyon
Johann Otten Johann Otten ... Farmer, School Friend from Barbie's native village
Peter Minn Peter Minn ... Wehrmacht Major, retired, Barbie's high school friend
Claude Bourdet Claude Bourdet ... Resistance Leader
Eugene Kolb Eugene Kolb ... Lt., C.I.C. Control Officer, retired, Barbie's former Superior
Lise Lesèvre Lise Lesèvre ... Member of the French Underground
Lucie Aubrac Lucie Aubrac ... Resistance Leader
Raymond Aubrac Raymond Aubrac ... Resistance Leader
Simone Lagrange Simone Lagrange ... Auschwitz Survivor
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Storyline

This full-length documentary deals with the life, career and trial of Nazi SS officer Klaus Barbie, known as the Butcher of Lyons. Virtually all aspects of his life are covered. His childhood and schooling in Germany; his early military career; his role in the head of intelligence in Lyons; his post-war employment by the US military; his life in Bolivia; his return to Europe; his trial and conviction. Interviewed are friends, enemies, associates, heroes and traitors. Written by garykmcd

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lyon | trial | bolivia | post war | gestapo | See All (32) »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

West Germany | France | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French | German

Release Date:

November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$341,018
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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learning from the past
28 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Marcel Ophuls' mammoth four-and-one-half hour-long portrait of Gestapo commandant Klaus Barbie, the notorious Butcher of Lyon, is more than just a biography of another Nazi mass murderer. The film also provides a meticulous study of the forces which allowed him to survive for so long, from wartime anti-Semitism to post-war Communist paranoia to a prevailing what's-done-is-done attitude of retroactive amnesia. Ophuls is not so complacent, and makes no apologies for his sometimes confrontational approach to the subject. In his mind those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it, and the sheer volume of verbal testimony, from enemies and friends alike, is only the director's way of ensuring we neither forgive nor forget. The scope of the film is vast, covering over forty years and spanning several continents, but the scale is intimate: one voice, one detail at a time, making it an exhaustive but hardly exhausting account of one monstrous but admittedly small cog in an evil machine, pieces of which are still well-oiled and operating even today.


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