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Night Will Fall

7.4
244
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Original title
Night Will Fall
Year
Running time
75 min.
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Director
Screenwriter
Lynette Singer
Music
Nicholas Singer
Cinematography
Richard Blanshard
Cast
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Producer
Angel TV / RatPac Entertainment / Spring Films
Genre
Documentary | II World War. Holocaust. Nazism
Synopsis / Plot
Researchers discover film footage from World War II that turns out to be a lost documentary shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 about German concentration camps liberated by allied troops. When Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps in 1944-45, their terrible discoveries were recorded by army and newsreel cameramen, revealing for the first time the full horror of what had happened. Making use of British, Soviet and American footage, the Ministry of Information’s Sidney Bernstein (later founder of Granada Television) aimed to create a documentary that would provide lasting, undeniable evidence of the Nazis’ unspeakable crimes. He commissioned a wealth of British talent, including editor Stewart McAllister, writer and future cabinet minister Richard Crossman – and, as treatment advisor, his friend Alfred Hitchcock. Yet, despite initial support from the British and US Governments, the film was shelved, and only now, 70 years on, has it been restored and completed by Imperial War Museums. This eloquent, lucid documentary by André Singer (executive producer of the award-winning The Act of Killing) tells the extraordinary story of the filming of the camps and the fate of Bernstein’s project, using original archive footage and eyewitness testimonies.
Awards
2014: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nominated for Best Documentary
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