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Director:
Writer:
Jean Cayrol (commentary)
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1955 (France) See more »
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The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Devastating in its impact See more (77 total) »

Cast

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Michel Bouquet ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Reinhard Heydrich ... Himself - Behind Hitler (archive footage) (uncredited)
Heinrich Himmler ... Himself - with Hitler (archive footage) (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself - Views Parade (archive footage) (uncredited)
Julius Streicher ... Himself - Makes Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Alain Resnais 
 
Writing credits
Jean Cayrol (commentary)

Chris Marker  script editor (uncredited)

Produced by
Anatole Dauman .... producer
Samy Halfon .... producer
Philippe Lifchitz .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hanns Eisler 
 
Cinematography by
Ghislain Cloquet 
Sacha Vierny 
 
Film Editing by
Alain Resnais (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Édouard Muszka .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
André Heinrich .... assistant director (as André Heinreich)
Jean-Charles Lauthe .... assistant director
Chris Marker .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jacqueline Chasney .... sound recordist
Henri Colpi .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Henry Ferrand .... special effects
 
Editorial Department
Anne Sarraute .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Georges Delerue .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Henri Michel .... historical consultant
Olga Wormser .... historical consultant
Alexander Alan .... text: English version (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"Nuit et brouillard" - France (original title)
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32 min
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One of the first documentaries to openly deal with the Holocaust.See more »
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Récitant/Narrator:With our sincere gaze we survey these ruins, as if the old monster lay crushed forever beneath the rubble. We pretend to take up hope again as the image recedes into the past, as if we were cured once and for all of the scourge of the camps. We pretend it happened all at once, at a given time and place. We turn a blind eye to what surrounds us and a deaf ear to humanity's never-ending cry.See more »
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Featured in Empire of the Censors (1995) (TV)See more »

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35 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
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 the film is only thirty minutes in length, it 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 purpose of the 30-minute documentary is to document for future generations what actually took place in the camps since this was a time when officialdom was reluctant to talk about what happened and the full extent of the horror was not generally known.

Another purpose is to show the ultimate failure of the Nazis at Nuremburg to take responsibility for it. It would have been welcome to also depict the complicity of others: big business, the other victims of the Nazi's, similar atrocities such as the My Lai massacre, ethnic cleansing, genocide, state violence and so forth but this was not possible given the length of the film and its purpose. Today, when there is so much holocaust denial, people need to be reminded not that the Nazis were demons but of the consequences of unchecked state power without an ethical base.

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.

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