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Night & Fog - The Criterion Collection [DVD] [1955] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Michel Bouquet , Reinhard Heydrich , Alain Resnais    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Hitler, Julius Streicher
  • Directors: Alain Resnais
  • Writers: Chris Marker, Jean Cayrol
  • Producers: Anatole Dauman, Philippe Lifchitz, Samy Halfon
  • Format: Black & White, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 32 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000093NQZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,499 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first step 12 Aug 2006
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Night and fog is somewhat like a brief beginners guide to 'real' holocaust documentaries that avoid the usual pathos of films and instead simply lay bare the facts and leave you to your own feelings on what you've seen rather than bludgeon you with sentiment.

First off dont let the short running time put you off, Resnais achieves more in 30 minutes than hollywoods finest can achieve in 2.5 hours. very brief interview clips and original footage are rapidly spliced together to form a whole picture that lingers in the mind long after the final credits. Resnais illustrates how less is so much more as he uses every second he has to show the sheer horror of the camps.I return to watch again and again and still keep finding details I missed.

Having been made so close to the end of the war this has a resonance of a world still shocked by what it saw.

watch this, think about it and after taking a deep breath move on to 'the sorrow and the pity' dvd and then ' shoah'.

just remember that documentaries, even the most open minded, show you what they want you to see and those interviewed tell you only what they want you to hear. so watch as wide a variety as you can before making your own mind up.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful 25 Feb 2004
By T
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Even though this is a very short film it is extremely powerful. it shows the horrors of the camps that are not often mentioned by Auschwitz survivors in their books.
The film shows how women's hair was made into rolls of material, human skin into paper and bones boiled down for glue.
It also shows the nail marks on the ceiling of the gas chambers where people had tried to claw there way out. The film is not a ghoulish look at the horrors of concentration camps, rather a very important documentary that all should see. On the back of the box it notes that after a spate of anti-semitism all French television channels cut their listings on the same evening and showed this film instead.
The commentary is in French but the sub titles are in English and as I was unable to tear my eyes away from the screen anyway I didn't find this a problem at all.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lest we forget ... 9 Feb 2011
By jmj
Format:DVD
This is a powerful and painful to watch testament of man's inhumanity to man. As the camera follows a path through a derelict and empty Auschwitz you are reminded of what took place here. Combined with the now familiar footage of mass graves of emaciated bodies this film defines what must never happen again.
Yes. Modern audiences are desensitised because they have been over-exposed to cartoonish, dumbed-down violence, but what you see in this film is agonising because it is real. I don't believe we should become so 'desensitised' that we cannot understand what is real anymore.
So much is achieved in the short running time of thirty minutes. You will go back to this film again and think about it for a long time afterwards. It haunts the soul. If you think it is too confronting, then remember that the suffering and death of those many thousands that died in Auschwitz and all the other death camps must never be forgotten.
The intention of this film is not to dehumanise anyone. It speaks for those who suffered and died in such agony and they deserve to have a voice.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory viewing 18 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
'Night and Fog' is an astounding documentary on the hideous events of the Holocaust. Although only thirty minutes long, it nevertheless provides an excellent and moving account of Auschwitz.

Its 'beauty' lies in its simplicity - there is no drama or sensationalism. It depicts the Holocaust simply as it was, using original footage as a testimony to the unprecedented horror. The commentary is equally excellent in its simplicity and clarity, and compliments perfectly the moving and heart-wrenching images. What makes the documentary great is its power to shock, to make the viewer utterly unable to understand how such industrialised inhumanity could ever occur in a civilised and cultured nation. It also illustrates the immense scale of the genocide, and the total dehumanisation of the victims, whose skinny, lifeless corpses are used as an economic resource for Nazi Germany - to make cloth, to make soap, even to make 'art'. 'Night and Fog' is superb in its depiction of the modern, bureaucratised, and production-line nature of Nazi genocide.

Made in 1955, 'Night and Fog' shows the Holocaust as it was before much scholarly debate had begun. It shows us simply what happened, leaving us with utter incomprehension as to why it happened. Seeing original footage, it makes us wonder what was going through the minds of the perpetrators. Did they really believe that what was being done was in the name of progress? Did they feel any pity? Did they enjoy what they were doing? 'Night and Fog' captures the inability to comprehend how such unspeakable horrors occurred, and does not pretend to have any answers for why the Holocaust could have happened.

At a time when the Holocaust is fading from public memory, I think this documentary should be watched by all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A matter-of-fact description of the Holocaust 13 Jun 2009
By William Cohen VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I watched this video as a follow-up to The Sorrow and the Pity. Resnais film is disturbing because it presents the building of the camps as a series of practical steps, fixing on the design of the buildings, the industries that were interested in using the labour, way the camps were laid out, how the people got there. The fact that they had orchestras and brothels. What they did with the by-products. What sort of medical experiments they performed.

It's a beautifully crafted documentary, my only reservation is that watching these things is so upsetting. I live on my own and absorbing this material can depress me for days. How much should we expose ourselves to these 'horrors'?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best
For years I've sought this little gem, one of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Bing
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good documentary
Delivered well within time and a good price. A very interesting film which I had not seen before and would highly recommend.
Published 7 days ago by historian
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling !
For all to read and remember... History does repeat itself but we owe it to the victims not to forget.
Published 13 days ago by D. A. John
5.0 out of 5 stars vital evidence to slay holocaust deniers
Vital evidence proving the holocaust, from the film footage of huge crowds of mostly jews at the rail depots, to the photos of dead jews as they open the train doors at the death... Read more
Published 16 months ago by casio smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Awfull but worthwhile
This shows the shocking evidence of concentration camps and conveys how truly awful and vile the treatment of the victims was. Read more
Published 18 months ago by KR
5.0 out of 5 stars Before Hollywood and revisionism there was this film
This is a searing film made at a time when the Holocaust was not being widely discussed following the horrifying initial liberation of the death camps. Read more
Published 21 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, educational and powerful
Whilst this is a 'short' film, running at only 30 minutes, it packs an incredible and potent image of the abuse of power; the abuse of ideas which were perpetuated at the beginning... Read more
Published on 31 May 2011 by TGillespie
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Night & Fog" DVD
Film OK - but no news in it for me - I'm very deep in working with understanding the human behaviour.
Published on 17 Dec 2010 by B. V. Hansen
3.0 out of 5 stars review
More horrific stories of the holocaust and the concentration camps. Of itself a reasonably accurate account but little different from many others produced. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2010 by D. F. Woodruffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and emotive
A 30 minute documentary by Alain Resnais which outlines the extent of the Holocaust. Within this short space of time, using documentary footage, you are simply left with no words... Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2010 by Sierra Ernesto Xavier
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