Documentary Review: Night and Fog (1956) #AtoZChallenge


This is my entry for “N” in the Blogging A to Z Challenge. Throughout April I will be watching and reviewing a documentary movie from A to Z. Some other “N” documentaries I’ve reviewed are Nanook of the North, New York: A Documentary FilmThe 1964 World’s FairThe Night James Brown Saved Boston, No-No: A Dockumentary, and NOVA: Iceman Reborn.

Title: Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard)
Release Date: 1956
Director: Alain Resnais
Production Company: Argos Films
Summary/Review:

This is a movie I wanted to watch and felt important to watch, but nevertheless didn’t want to see.  Made a decade after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps in Europe, this is one of the first films to document the horrors of the Holocaust.  The structure of the film mirrors the experience of the people imprisoned in the camps.  It begins with their arrest and transport by train.  Arriving at the camps, the people are stripped of clothing and shaved of hair and humiliated in thousands of ways.  Daily camp life involves forced labor, frequent humiliation, and hunger due to meager rations. Then there is mass murder which this movie is unflinching in depicting.

The filmmakers intercut contemporary film of the abandoned concentration camps in color with black and white film and photographs taken during their time of use.  Jean Cayrol, a poet who survived the concentration camps, wrote the narration which is delivered by actor Michel Bouquet. The movie asks us to remember the full horror of the Holocaust and recognize that it can happen again.

Rating: ****

4 thoughts on “Documentary Review: Night and Fog (1956) #AtoZChallenge

  1. I don’t think I’d be able to watch this film. I’ve known about it but shied away. My Dad was an Auschwitz survivor.

    The world could easily turn towards that happening again. The way things are and have been, has had a devastating effect on division. I hope that I am wrong. Really.

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    1. I can’t imagine watching this as with a survivor in your family, so that is a good decision. Since my family has been blessed, I feel its my duty to learn about these things and prevent them from happening again.

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