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Night and Fog -- Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, Night and Fog contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps with haunting wartime footage.


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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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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)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Nuit et brouillard" - France (original title)
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32 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Récitant/Narrator:Grass flourishes on the inspection ground around the blocks. An abandoned village, still heavy with peril. The crematoria are no longer used. The Nazi's cunning is but child's play today. Nine million dead haunt this countryside.See more »
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Edited from Nazi Concentration Camps (1945)See more »


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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Insanity, 2 November 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

Alain Resnais, a distinguished cinema director, working with Jean Cayrol, produced a document for all humanity to see and reflect. The director visited some of the concentration camps in Europe, where he filmed the abandoned sites in which millions lost their lives in one of the most shameful times in the history of mankind. European Jews paid a great price for no reason at all. Hitler and his followers decided to eliminate them because they saw in them a threat and their money and their labor would fuel the war machinery they needed to win the war.

The director uses color photography to show how the camps looked in 1955, then switches to the black and white of the material from an earlier time. Mr. Resnais juxtaposes the same camps during the 1940s at the height of the WWII conflict and how the lonely and forgotten places of what the director found in 1955. Even looking at these places ten years after the end of the war, these silent witnesses of the horrors the victims experienced, acquire a surreal look.

It's impossible to fathom what went on. We look in disbelief as bulldozers dump the inert bodies of the dead into common burial places. It's hard to imagine the ordeal these innocent victims went through, even for a moment. They didn't deserve the indignity of dying the way they did at the hands of people that should have known better. No excuses will ever justify what Hitler, and his fanatics, did to eliminate a race that didn't merit their hatred.

"Night and Fog" has powerful images and it packs such power, it's hard to make sense of what one sees in this important documentary that should be seen by everyone.

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