Night and Fog
The documentary film from French director Resnais set ten years after the Second World War depicts the problems of Auschwitz with shocking images from the concentration camps.
Part of **No Re-Watch November 2012**.
Warning: This video contains some seriously graphic images.
A short documentary about the Holocaust. Even though it was only made ten years after the war, the extended footage of the camps shows them as crumbling ruins.
The movie contains a lot of contemporary footage, as well. I don't know who was making home movies of the trains being loaded, the activity at the camps, and the disposal of the bodies afterward - it was probably Nazis and their passion for documenting everything. I am glad we have the films, though they will haunt me forever.
Once you have experienced NIGHT AND FOG you cannot "un-experience" it. Once you have crossed the line and seen history that is beyond comprehension, you cannot return to your innocence.
NIGHT AND FOG is a great film because it exists only for the viewer to come to some sort of minute understanding of what occurred in the Nazi concentration camps during WWII.
As a film it attempts to allow the subject to "speak for itself". Director Alain Resnais goes out of his way to not impose any sort of manipulation by use of music, camera or editing techniques to create any sort of 'feeling". Media can easily and usually is used as a tool to create a response to directed…
The power of documentary filmmaking and the importance of recording history. This film was made to memorialize the holocaust on the 10 year anniversary of the liberation of the camps. Resnais wanted to make this film for the importance of not forgetting such a event. It troubled him deeply that at the time this was made, a mere 10 years later how much people did forget, this is a main theme in this film as he shows comparisons of the remains of the camps today sitting along grassy fields and roads where cars ride by and couples go for a stroll without a care.
This film does exactly what you would want from a documentary in summing up the concentration…
Short, precise and brutally honest, Night and Fog is quite possibly the most unforgettable documentary I will ever see. Some images will forever haunt me. Even though the film is only thirty minutes in length, it's devastating in its impact, so approach with caution.
A matter-of-fact look at the most horrifying event of the twentieth century. It doesn't play on your heartstrings, it simply looks at it as is, making it that much more powerful and chilling, especially when you consider the voiceover was written by a survivor of the camps. The folly of human nature is explored without any frills, showing us how this happened, and how it could easily happen all over again.
Nuit et brouillard
This film is only 30 minutes long, but sums up all the worst of man's cruelty to his fellow human beings. The humiliation, suffering and abject horrors experienced by those sent to concentration camps, which continued even after their deaths - seeing film shot by both Nazis and the liberating troops brings the despicable nastiness of the war machine in a way quite unlike any other. The inscription on the gate at Buchenwald Jedem das Seine (to each his due) was chilling - inhumanity which wouldn't be believed if we didn't know it really happened.
"As I speak to you now,
The icy water of the ponds and ruins lies in the
Hollows of the charnel-house.
I watched this in film class but honestly I remember nothing about it.
The hair...one of the most difficult images ever captured.
"the reality of these camps
despised by those who built them
and unfathomable to those who endured them -
what hope do we have of truly capturing this reality?"
Quite possibly the definitive word on the Holocaust. Alain Resnais, along with Jean Cayrol, produced a document for all humanity to see and reflect. They visited some of the concentration camps in Europe, where he filmed the abandoned sites in which millions lost their lives in one of the most shameful times in the history of mankind. European Jews paid a great price for no reason at all.
Resnais uses color photography to show how the camps looked in 1955, then switches to the black and white of the material from an earlier time. Even looking at these places ten years after the end of the war, these silent witnesses of the horrors the victims experienced, acquire a surreal look.…
Atgādinājums tam, cik laimīgā laikā dzīvojam. Koncentrācijas nometnes ir tik baisas šausmas, ka to grūti aptvert.
A very different experience, I'm sure, viewing it in 2013 as opposed to 1955, when World War II was more immediate to that audience than 9/11 is to us now, but it's still such a vital piece of work in not only remembering what was, but being mindful that just because the event is behind us, doesn't mean the mindset that made it possible is as well.
"I'm sleepy so I'm going to take a nap, but I want to watch 'Night and Fog' first because it's only 30 minutes long and I have to return it soon. Why not."
Thanks a lot, brain. I'm going to have nightmares about that dead guy just fucking staring with those giant haunted eyes. Jesus Christ. Fuck.
P.S. oh my god, oh my fucking shit, it's like a sea of hair, how is there even that much hair in the entire world, what the fuck, fuck.
Tão brutal quanto o genocídio, é a falta de memória do mesmo.
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The style of this documentary felt really familiar, like I had seen something like it before or something making fun of the style. As with Waltz with Bashir, the sight of the bodies doesn't really effect me, even the basket of heads. The pile of hair though...holy shit. Starting out with a shot I can only comprehend as a lot of hair and then pulling back to an incomprehensible mountain of hair was extremely effective. A haunting documentary.