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Night Will Fall (2014)

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.


Andre Singer (as André Singer)


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 (voice) (archive footage)
Richard Dimbleby Richard Dimbleby ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
David Dimbleby 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


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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Release Date:

5 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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Berlin, Germany See more »

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Color | Black and White (archival footage)

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1.78 : 1
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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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A message to all those who question the Holocaust
30 January 2015 | by bastard-cynicalSee all my reviews

As above, a factual and irrefutable documentary about the appalling conditions experienced in concentration camps, and the simply dreadful outcome suffered by so many of those who were interned.

The scenes were graphic and disturbing, and if they seem repetitive, then that is because the atrocities were so commonplace. It was not a performance, the film is a factual record, thus the purpose in making it was to educate those who want to know the truth, not to entertain anyone.

As the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz fell this week, I felt that this film serves to help educate all of us who who were not even born at the time of such events. To help us understand the depths of depravity that mankind is capable of, to help us to understand the dreadful consequences of any kind of racism and to remind us that it shouldn't be necessary to have a war to draw allies together (how many people are aware that a staggering 26M Russians were killed in the process of defeating the Nazis?)

A monumental and depressing work, brought together as a lesson to us all that this must never happen again

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