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Night and Fog (1956)

Nuit et brouillard (original title)
The history of Nazi Germany's death camps of the Final Solution and the hellish world of dehumanization and death contained inside.

Director:

Alain Resnais

Writer:

Jean Cayrol (commentary)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Michel Bouquet ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Reinhard Heydrich ... Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Heinrich Himmler ... Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Adolf Hitler ... Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Julius Streicher Julius Streicher ... Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
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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 Bill Randolph <wlrlogos@hotmail.com>

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Trivia

François Truffaut considered this 33-minute documentary to be the greatest film ever made. See more »

Goofs

A few shots of the concentration camps are combinations of different concentration camps and sometimes do not show the locations suggested. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Even a peaceful landscape... even a meadow in harvest with flights of crows and grass fires... even a road for cars and peasants and couples... even a resort village with marketplace and steeple... can lead to a concentration camp.
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Alternate Versions

Before its original release, there was a still of a French gendarme (policeman) watching a roundup at Pithiviers. He is easily recognizable by the characteristic French "kepi." Wanting to deny complicity, French censors insisted this shot not be allowed, so for its original release, the image was altered so that a wooden beam covered the gendarme and his kepi. In 1997 or 98, the original version of the film was re-released in France, finally revealing the gendarme. The original American release of the film did not translate all the dialogue for the subtitles, in particular leaving out one of the two references to Jews: "Annette, from Bordeaux." Subsequent releases restored the original text: "Annette, a Jew from Bordeaux." See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Holocaust Films (2014) See more »

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oh my god
20 March 2002 | by AndrewWalker747See all my reviews

I originally had no intention to see this movie and had no idea that it even existed until I saw it. I actually saw it in High School Economics class (of all places)because my teacher had just finished showing it to his world history class and instead of wanting to hear him drone on about the GDP and recessions, we smooth talked him into showing us what was in his VCR. We had no idea what we were about to see.

This movie is probably the best holocaust documentary ever made. The images of piles of human hair, emaciated skeletons being pushed around by bulldozers, lampshades of human skin, men looking like corpses walking around, has never left me. The opera and classical music in the background helps to further add to the shock value of this film.

After about 10 minutes, kids in my class told my teacher we didn't want to watch this movie anymore. We stopped it and there was still 30 minutes left in class. We didn't learn anything about economics that day, we talked about the holocaust instead.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

January 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Night and Fog See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Argos Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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