Terror's Advocate

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Biography Documentary with no narration published by Other in 2007 - French language

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Lawyer Jacques Vergès has spent his life defending the indefensible. The son of a French father and a Vietnamese mother, he forged his reputation pleading for the darling of the Algerian liberation movement, Djamila Bouhired (whom he would eventually marry). However, he is now best known as counsel for such 20th-century monsters as Klaus Barbie - the Nazi known as the "Butcher of Lyon" - and notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal. Yet, as director Barbet Schroeder reveals in this compelling documentary, Vergès isn't simply a maverick with an addiction to contentious cases. He accepts briefs that he believes will help him unveil hypocrisy at the heart of French society. Schroeder fails to press Vergès on his views on Israel and his relationship with Cambodia's murderous dictator Pol Pot, but few film-makers have exposed global political reality quite so persuasively. (Radio Times Review) In many respects a companion piece to Marcel Ophuls 'Hotel Terminus - the Life and Times of Klaus Barbie', Schroeder's film does not actually dwell over much on the Barbie trial for reasons he explains in the interview in Part 2. Main film has French, German and English soundtrack with merged English subtitles. Interview segment is in English, without subtitles.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High @L4.0
  • Video Bitrate: 2697 kbit/s
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.78
  • Video Resolution: 720 x 576
  • Audio Codec: AAC
  • Audio: French and German
  • Audio Bitrate: 192 kbit/s CBR 48kHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 2 h 11 min/25 min
  • Framerate: 25 frame/s
  • Number of Parts: 2
  • Container: mkv
  • Part Size: 2.48 GB/488 MB
  • Source: DVD
  • Encoded by: PFT

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