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Night And Fog
aka - Nuit Et Brouillard
France 1955
Directed by Alain Renais
Running time 32 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
4 stars


Named after Hitler’s Nacht und Nebel policy in which millions of people across Europe were deported to concentration camps and thereby, their death, the of power Alain Resnais' classic holocaust documentary,  filmed only 10 years after the end of WWII, inheres as much in the gruesome reality of what is depicted as it does in anything that Resnais brings to the project. It is impossible to see archival footage of the Nazi’s bulldozer tumbling piles of corpses in mass graves without wondering what is wrong with the human animal.

Having said that Renais’ juxtaposition of the silent, abandoned site of Auschwitz with archival material from the camps in operation combined with Holocaust-survivor Jean Cayrol’s trenchant commentary (which he wrote with uncredited contributions from Chris Marker) creates a haunting, absolutely condemnatory document of one (and sadly it is only one) of the great horrors of human history.

DVD Extras: Audio commentary by Mark Baker, Assoc Professor, The Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash University; Message For Humanity - in which Holocaust-survivors whose familaies re-settled in Melbourne after the war recount their stories.

Available from: Umbrella Entertainment

 

 

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