Night and fog = Nuit et brouillard

France, 1956

Film
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Commissioned to mark the tenth anniversary of the concentration camps’ liberation, “Nuit et Brouillard” (English title “Night and Fog”)is one of the most respected documentaries in world cinema. From the post-war ruins of Auschwitz, seen in elegiac colour, to its horrifying past, recorded in stark black and white, Resnais’ film pursues the question which still haunts us today: do we share the guilt for those deported, tortured and killed? Jean Cayrol’s moving commentary challenges us not to forget, to “look around and hear people crying endlessly?” For a few hours, the film wipes out the memory of all other films. It must be seen. Features photography by two of France’s most renowned cinematographers, Ghislain Cloquet and Sacha Vierny. Music by Hanns Eisler, assistant director Chris Marker.

Credits

director

Alain Resnais

production company

Como

Argos

Language

French

Duration

00:32:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

36638

Subject categories

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Concentration camps

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → War

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → War and society

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → World War, 1939-1945 - Prisoners and prisons

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - France

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → National socialism

Experimental

Experimental → Experimental films - France

Foreign language films

History → Concentration camps

History → History

History → Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945

Short films

Short films → Short films - France

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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