Marcel Ophüls' epic 4,5 hour documentary about the trial at Nürnberg and the principles of justice that arose from the sentences is far from being overlong or sluggish in any way.
The several conversations with prosecutors, war criminals, judges, students, artists and even Ophüls' own family are the heart of this film, which is supported with archive footage, needle drops and the cheeky humor that seems to be a Marcel Ophüls' original.
He is also present in the conversations without ever feeling the need of pushing himself too much into the spotlight. Just as far as he needs to - he shares that attribute with Werner Herzog, whose documentaries I adore.
But from this point onwards, I'll also adore this behemoth of a documentary. This epic elaboration on the principles of justice and how we spin it and spin it to fit our needs, until everything that remains is nothing more than the memory of justice...