Alain Resnais

Night and Fog

Night and Fog

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 humanity’s capacity for violence, and presents the devastating suggestion that such horrors could occur again.

Film Info

  • Alain Resnais
  • France
  • 1955
  • 32 minutes
  • Black & White
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • French
  • Spine #197

Special Features

  • New 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Excerpt from a 1994 audio interview with director Alain Resnais
  • New interview with filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Face aux fantômes, a ninety-nine-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

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Excerpt from a 1994 audio interview with director Alain Resnais
  • New interview with filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer
  • Face aux fantômes, a ninety-nine-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

Night and Fog
Credits
Director
Alain Resnais
Produced by
Anatole Dauman
Produced by
Samy Halfon
Produced by
Philippe Lifchitz
Historical consultants
Henri Michel
Historical consultants
Olga Wormser
Music
Hanns Eisler
Text
Jean Cayrol
Camera
Ghislain Cloquet
Camera
Sacha Vierny

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Joshua Oppenheimer on Alain Resnais’s Night and Fog
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Night and Fog: The Never-Ending Cries
Night and Fog: The Never-Ending Cries

Interweaving wartime footage with haunting images of abandoned concentration camps, Alain Resnais’s breakthrough was one of the first films to confront the ravages of the Holocaust.

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