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Night Will Fall (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, War | 5 December 2014 (USA)
Researchers discover film footage from World War II that turns out to be a lost documentary shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 about German concentration camps.

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André Singer

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Lynette Singer
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Bonham Carter ... Narrator (voice)
Jasper Britton Jasper Britton ... Narrator for German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (voice)
Leonard Berney Leonard Berney ... Himself - Bergen-Belsen Liberator
George Leonard George Leonard ... Himself - Oxford Yeomanry
Josef Kramer Josef Kramer ... Himself - Commandant, Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp (archive footage)
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch Anita Lasker-Wallfisch ... Herself - Bergen-Belsen Survivor
Mike Lewis Mike Lewis ... Himself - Sergeant Ret. (archive footage)
William Lawrie William Lawrie ... Himself - British Army Photographer (archive sound)
Richard Dimbleby Richard Dimbleby ... Himself (archive sound)
David Dimbleby ... Himself - Radio Journalist
Raye Farr Raye Farr ... Herself - Archive Director, Holocaust Museum Washington
Toby Haggith Toby Haggith ... Himself - Historian, Imperial War Museums
James William Illingworth James William Illingworth ... Himself - British Army Gunner (archive footage)
Alexander Voronstov Alexander Voronstov ... Himself - Soviet Cameraman (archive footage)
Matvey Gershman Matvey Gershman ... Himself - Soviet Army Veteran
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April 1945. In Germany, as World War II was drawing to a close and the Allied Forces were swarming into Berlin, groups of freshly trained combat cameramen documented the gruesome scenes behind the recently liberated Nazi concentration camps. Named "German Concentration Camps Factual Survey", the 1945 documentary for the British government was produced by Sidney Bernstein, with Alfred Hitchcock's participation. For nearly seven decades, the film was shelved in the British archives and was abandoned without a public screening--for either political reasons or shifted Government priorities--to be ultimately completed by a team of historians and film scholars of the British Imperial War Museum, who meticulously restored the original footage. Intertwined with interviews of both survivors and liberators, as well as short newsreel films and raw footage from the original film, the 2014 documentary chronicles the atrocities that occurred in the concentration and labour camps of Bergen-Belsen, ... Written by Nick Riganas

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When allied troops liberated the concentration camps, their cameras ensured we would never forget See more »


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UK

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English | German | Russian | Hebrew

Release Date:

5 December 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Noite Cairá See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The supposed shrunken heads found at Buchenwald conveniently disappeared and was never tested or verified. See more »

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Narrator for German Concentration Camps Factual Survey: Unless the world learns the lesson these pictures teach, night will fall... but by God's grace, we who live will learn.
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Never Again...If We Collectively Vow To Be Sure Good Trumps Evil
5 February 2015 | by AudioFileZSee all my reviews

This is a miraculous film...miraculous in that it exists, but more than even that; miraculous in it's unadulterated depiction of the worst of humanity in wartime.

The dichotomy of war is depicted here. In Bergen-Belsen we see life struggling to be what life is and just feet away from piles of death as the corps were strewn. How can these two depictions of life occur so physically close? Only in the worst of war can such atrocities be present, if diversely repugnant. See this film and only trust your moral center as everything must be judged by inherent good.

The old adage that we are doomed to repeat history unless we learn from it comes to heart. Right now we have ISIS, a modern day Nazi style faction. Can we sit idly by and let evil fester. This film makes it clear that the cost will only exponentially multiply if good men sit by and do nothing. See this, weep for those lost at the hands of evil in the past, and renew your resolve that we must stand for good at this later day time where evil once more rears a powerful head.


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