One of the most vivid depictions of the horrors of Nazi Concentration Camps. Filmed in 1955 at several concentration camps in Poland, the film combines new color and black and white footage with black and white newsreels, footage shot by the victorious allies, and stills, to tell the story not only of the camps, but to portray the horror of man's brutal inhumanity. Written by
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Did You Know?
At the 1954 exhibition at the Institut Pedagogique National, producer Anatole Dauman
asked director Alain Resnais
to direct a study of the Holocaust. But Resnais wasn't keen as he didn't want to express opinions on an event that he hadn't witnessed. His condition was that novelist Jean Cayrol
agree to script the commentary. Cayrol, however, was even more reluctant to go near the project, given that he was a Holocaust survivor and didn't want to revisit some very painful memories. Resnais' collaborator Chris Marker
was able to persuade him otherwise. See more
A few shots of the concentration camps are combinations of different concentration camps and sometimes do not show the locations suggested. See more
Somewhere in our midst, lucky Kapos still survive, reinstated officers or anonymous informers. There are those who refused to believe, or believed only for brief moments.
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