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Documentarian Marcel Ophüls (Marcel Ophüls) directed this brilliant 267-minute examination of Klaus Barbie, the infamous "Nazi Butcher of Lyons." Barbie was the Gestapo chief responsible for the death of most of Lyons' population, including women and children, during the Nazi occupation of France. After WWII, he cooperated with American intelligence agents, who helped him settle in Bolivia in 1951, conveniently ignoring his numerous atrocities. Finally, Barbie was extradited to France and put on trial in 1987, where he received a sentence of life in prison. Avoiding the usual atrocity footage, Ophüls instead comprises his film of interviews with those who knew Barbie, suffered because of him, or stood by and did nothing while he got away with murder. The accumulated details and appallingly self-serving answers to Ophüls' probing questions point an accusatory finger not only at Barbie, but at France, the United States, South America, and ultimately most of humankind. A stunning and powerful achievement, the film won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1988. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

  • Release date:October 6, 1988

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marcel Ophüls Best Documentary Feature 1988 Winner

Cast

Klaus Barbie
as Himself
Claude Lanzmann
as Himself
Marcel Ophüls
as Himself
Claude Lanzmann
as Himself
Marcel Ophüls
as Himself

Crew

Marcel Ophüls
Director
Marcel Ophüls
Producer
Viktor Leitenbauer
Cinematographer
Pierre Boffety
Cinematographer
Lionel Legros
Cinematographer
Reuben Aaronson
Cinematographer
Albert Jurgenson
Editor
Catherine Zins
Editor
John S. Friedman
Executive Producer
Peter Kovler
Executive Producer
Bernard Bats
Sound/Sound Designer
Judy Karp
Sound/Sound Designer
Sophie Brunet
First Assistant Director
Anne Weil
Sound Editor
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