Superior Achievement in Dark Film: Night and Fog
This is a 30 minute documentary made in the mid-1950s about the Holocaust. This is not fiction, Hollywood, or Dexter-esque. As a scholar of the period, I’ve seen a great deal of the footage and photos out there, but this much of this film was rare archival material. Haunting and disturbing are not enough to describe it.
Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, Night and Fog (Nuit et Brouillard) contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps’ quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage. With Night and Fog, Resnais investigates the cyclical nature of man’s violence toward man and presents the unsettling suggestion that such horrors could come again.