HÔTEL TERMINUS - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KLAUS BARBIE
Directed by : Marcel OPHULS
Country : UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
International Critic's Prize by the F.I.P.R.E.S.C.I. (tied) , 1988
The life of Barbie, in itself, doesn't interest me. What interests me, it is what comes out of the trial...
Mr Levy, a Jew from Lyon, learning over the green covered table in a billiard hall of the Red Cross, studies the stakes involved. In so doing, he calmly sums up the author's point of view. More than 40 years after the events, the trial of a man accused of crimes against humanity suddenly unfolds, is urgent, unavoidable, distressing. But the usefulness of making a film on such a man and his long and complicated journey? A form to tell the story, a style, a tone had to be found: irony and derision prevail over the seriousness of the "official version". School friends, neighbours, ex-employers and his victims who come face to face with a man, his crimes, and his times, which is also ou