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Hotel Terminus: The Life & Times of Klaus Barbie (1988)

Klaus Barbie , Marcel Ophuls , Marcel Ophuls  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Klaus Barbie, Marcel Ophuls, Serge Klarsfeld, Beate Klarsfeld, Jacques Verges
  • Directors: Marcel Ophuls
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Icarus Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 267 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,356 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From Marcel Ophuls comes this brilliant examination of the Nazi officer Klaus Barbie, tracing his life from his time as Gestape chief during World War II to his trial for crimes against humanity.


Another monumental Ophuls work, HOTEL TERMINUS emerges ultimately not as a study of one person, place or event, but as a contemplation of the human condition. --Vincent Canby, The New York Times

A real-life detective story. Entertaining and engrossing. --Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

Ophuls' film is an attempt to hold on to him [Barbie], to retrieve him from forgetfulness. The light Ophuls shines on his subject fixes him forever in our minds. --Hal Hinson, Washington Post

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of those documentaries that make history, as few do, because of their interviewing real victims and protagonists of the facts. The facts are basically the Holocaust, the tortures, killings and persecutions of Jews of France by German Nazis and its French anonymous collaborators... everything focused on one person, the notorious Gestapo agent Klaus Barbie.

Remember that 1000 people massacred doesn't reach as much to the heart as one person tortured, with a name and last name to identify. Well this documentary does this job. We, the audience, can hardly appreciate -sitting in the comfort of our free Western societies, decades now away from those terrible times- the value of a document like this one. The film starts at Barbie's birthplace, family circle, etc. and moves, in four hours, to his trial at old age in France. Like a detective story it traces his life through family members, victims, people who met him and people who just might have been his neighbors, knowingly or not. What I mean is, regardless of the film being wonderfully directed and entertaining, this film has a value that makes it priceless. Here is a picture of society, made up of all kinds of people (it is France and Germany, but it is rather about the Homo Sapiens), and it shows how all humans fail to live up to what we expect of others than ourselves. If not guilty of some heinous crime, we might fail because of collaboration; if not by collaboration, then by omission of help; and if not by this, then maybe by throwing the stone at someone whose shoes we are not in. We all fall short.

This documentary is priceless. We are liable to do it again, right here today, in the West. We are already, in fact: don't we ignore the crimes that dictatorial regimes and Muslim loonies perpetrate to thousands every single day, specially to women? We are not the Resistance; we are collaborators.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
With the recent NYTimes article on Nazis in the US, it seems (always?) the right time to understand that "Germans" are not the problem. The verbs TO LIE, TO DECEIVE can be conjugated in a variety of languages, from German to Spanish, without forgetting French and English.
Worth the time and money investment!
Ranks with "Shoah" and "Night and Fog" as one of the films to watch regarding the relevance of the Holocaust today.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About Time December 9, 2010
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Just a short note. It has taken years for this film to be released on DVD and it might be wise, if you like this film, to go ahead and pick up the companion film, "The Sorrow and the Pity."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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this is a super powerful documentary film - it won the Oscar for best documentary of 1988. i have an old VHS of the film - but i read it is finally coming out on DVD this fall i will buy another copy for sure. you should see it when you can.
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