Night and fog Nuit et brouillard
DVD - 2016
Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, this piece documents the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, the film contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps' quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage.
- Criterion collection ;
- Documentary films
New York, NY :
- DVD special edition ; DVD edition ; full screen
- Item Description
- Originally released as a motion picture in 1955.
Mono, full screen 1.37:1.
Essay by film scholar Colin MacCabe in container.
Features: excerpt from a 1994 audio interview with director Alain Resnais; new interview with filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer; Face aux fantômes (2009, 99 min.) documentary featuring historian Sylvie Lindeperg that explores the French memory of the Holocaust and the controversy surrounding the film's release; new English subtitle translation.
- Physical Description
- 1 videodisc (32 min.) : sound, black and white, color ; 4 3/4 in
- MPAA rating: Not rated.
- Production Credits
- Directors of photography, Ghislain Cloquet, Sacha Vierny ; narrator, Michel Bouquet ; music, Hanns Eisler ; production designer, Edouard Muszka.
- Other Authors
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A decade after the Nazi concentration camps were liberated, French New Wave pioneer Alain Renais (Hiroshima Mon Amour; Last Year at Marienbad) captured the desolate killing grounds, contrasting them with wartime footage of genocidal atrocities. Using a carefully measured voice-over with music intended to avoid the typical emotional response, Renais encourages a thoughtful consideration of the Holocaust, with time and memory presaging themes the director would revisit in his subsequent dramatic features. A succinct documentary not lacking for impact. [See Trailers, LJ 6/1/16]. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.
"Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek in Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard), one of the first cinematic reflections on the Holocaust."Review by Publisher Summary 2
Filmed in 1955 at Auschwitz, combines newsreels and stills to tell the story of the Holocaust and man's inhumanity.