“Night and Fog” (1956) IMDb

Categorization

Poetic. Short.

Subject

The Holocaust and the danger of forgetting.

Commentary

Shot in 1955. Somewhat pretentious; first we hear that words cannot describe what was manufactured from the bodies, then the narrator tells us. Resnais’s innovation here, relative to the more prosecutorial war-crime documentaries that came out of WWII, is to juxtapose past and present and talk about the fragility of memory.

References here: Shoah (1985).

moving picture non-fiction