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Nuit et brouillard (1955)

Original Title : Nuit et brouillard
Director : Alain Resnais
Writer : Jean Cayrol
Genre : Documentary
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Anatole Dauman , Samy Halfon , Philippe Lifchitz
Music : Hanns Eisler
Photography : Ghislain Cloquet
Sacha Vierny
Distributor : Aurora
IMDB ID : 0048434
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Nuit et brouillard (1955) - Alain Resnais
 

Starring

Michel Bouquet Récitant/Narrator (uncredited
Reinhard Heydrich Himself (behind Hitler
Heinrich Himmler Himself (with Hitler
Adolf Hitler Himself (views parade
Julius Streicher Himself (makes speech
 

Plot

One of the most vivid depictions of the horrors of Nazi Concentration Camps. Filmed in 1955 at the post-war site of Auschwitz, the film combines color footage with black and white newsreels and stills to tell the story of not just only the Holocuast, but the horror of man's brutal inhumanity.
 

Comments

Devastating in its impact, 16 December 2002 Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C. Called the "greatest film of all time" by director Francois Truffaut, the documentary Night and Fog by Alain Resnais shows the holocaust tragedy in all its horror. Though only thirty minutes in length, the film is devastating in its impact, so approach with caution. Night and Fog refers to the arrival of prisoners in Auschwitz under the cover of darkness and also the ultimate failure of the Nazis at Nuremberg to take responsibility for it. Written by Jean Cayrol, a holocaust survivor, and poetically narrated by Michel Bouquet, its gruesome images seem like a surreal nightmare.The film opens in 1955 with an image of a barren field of grass with lush romantic music in the background. The scene then abruptly shifts to wartime. We are in Auschwitz and the prisoners are arriving. We are shown scenes shot after liberation that are so shocking that they have never been made public outside of this film. Resnais does not spare us: the hair shaved off the heads of women piled high on the floor, bodies -- men -women - children -- are tossed in a garbage pit like so much rubbish, their fat used to make soap. The film only lasts a short time, but the images remain indelible. Unwillingness to acknowledge responsibility is depicted in brief scenes of the Nuremberg Trials. As we witness the conscious distortion of the past still going on today, we are left numb.