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Night and Fog

Alain Resnais

 
Night and Fog (Criterion Blu-Ray)

19 Jul 2016

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

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  • France
  • 1955
  • 31 minutes
  • Color, Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • French
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  • Spine #197

Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek in Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard), one of the first cinematic reflections on the Holocaust. Juxtaposing the stillness of the abandoned camps’ empty buildings with haunting wartime footage, Resnais investigates the cyclical nature of humanity’s violence against humanity, and presents the devastating suggestion that such horrors could occur again.

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Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Excerpt from a 1994 audio interview with director Alain Resnais
  • New interview with documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Face aux fantômes, a 99-minute 2009 documentary featuring historian Sylvie Lindeperg that explores the French memory of the Holocaust and the controversy surrounding the film’s release
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Colin MacCabe

    New cover by Sarah Habibi

Film Essays

Night and Fog: Origins and Controversy

By Peter Cowie June 23, 2003

It’s a tribute to the clarity and cogency of Night and Fog that Resnais’ masterpiece has not been diminished by time, or displaced by longer and more ambitious films on the Holocaust, such as . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Night and Fog

By Phillip Lopate June 23, 2003

François Truffaut once called Night and Fog “the greatest film ever made.” If you don’t believe me, here is the exact quote: “The effective war film is often the one in which the action begins . . . Read more »

Clippings

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Fifty Essential Documentary Films

March 29, 2016

Today, we’re celebrating the release on Blu-ray and DVD of Les Blank’s legendary Leon Russell music documentary A Poem Is a Naked Person. And while we’re on the topic of fascinating nonfiction . . . Read more »


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Remembering Alain Resnais

By Alexandre Mabilon March 06, 2014

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Clippings

Real Art

November 19, 2010

A whole bunch of questions arose when the critics at Time Out New York were compiling their new list of the fifty greatest documentaries of all time. As they explain in their introduction to the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Night and Fog: Origins and Controversy

By Peter Cowie June 23, 2003

It’s a tribute to the clarity and cogency of Night and Fog that Resnais’ masterpiece has not been diminished by time, or displaced by longer and more ambitious films on the Holocaust, such as . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Night and Fog

By Phillip Lopate June 23, 2003

François Truffaut once called Night and Fog “the greatest film ever made.” If you don’t believe me, here is the exact quote: “The effective war film is often the one in which the action begins . . . Read more »

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