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Movie Review: Terror’s Advocate November 4, 2007

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Alternate Title: The Devil’s Advocate

Story: First, kill all the lawyers is a punch line to a very old joke. After seeing this fascinating documentary about lawyer Jacques Verges by Barbet Schroeder (Reversal of Fortune) you might not think that line very funny.

What do Pol Pot, Klaus Barbie, Carlos the Jackal and Slobodan Milosevic have in common? Jacques Verges has represented them all in court for their various crimes against humanity. Verges has spent his entire public, yet very mysterious life defending the seemingly indefensible.

Schroeder had unprecedented access to Verges over many years of interviews. We follow his convoluted life starting with his defense of Djamila Bouried in the 1950’s in Algiers (who he later married) through what only can be described as a connect the dots chart consisting of a rogue’s gallery of mass murderers, conspirators, dictators and thugs.82 year old Verges comes off as smug, bloated, sinister, fascinating, egotist and a person who thrives in the limelight of controversy and publicity.

This is an enthralling, long, difficult film to follow but Schroeder has done his best using explanatory visual techniques so that even the least informed persons can get the gist of the series of events where we amazingly find Verges smack in the middle. If you are a student of history and like challenging documentaries, this film is for you.

Read the whole review on this 7 Lobo Howls film including these categories: Acting,  Predilection, Opening Titles, Visual Art, Theater Audience, Sappy Factor, Quirky Meter, Squirm Scale, Drift Factor, Predictability Level, Tissue Usage, Oscar Worthy, Big Screen or Rental and Length.

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