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Night and Fog

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Original title
Nuit et Brouillard
Running time
32 min.
France France
Jean Cayrol
Hanns Eisler
Ghislain Cloquet, Sacha Vierny
Cocinor / Cosmo-Films / Argos Films
Documentary | Historical Documentaries. Holocaust. Nazism. Half-length Film
Synopsis / Plot
This lyrical and graphic documentary--one of the first cinematic reflections on the Holocaust's horror--has deeply affected film's treatment of the Holocaust ever since, including Spielberg's "Schindler's List". Documentarian Alain Resnais contrasts 1955 footage of abandoned concentration camps' quiet, empty buildings with black-and-white footage shot there in 1944; the film's overwhelming resonance comes in its allowing the haunting images to stand on their own: a grainy, back-lit hill of human hair--long, women's hair; a pyramid of shoes.
1956: Award Jean Vigo: Top Prize of French Academy
1961: BAFTA: Nominated for UN Award
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