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Nuit et brouillard Night and fog
Dauman, Anatole, 1925-1998.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[United States] : Criterion Collection, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (31 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, this piece documents the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust and contrasts the stillness of the abandoned camps' quiet, empty buildings with haunting wartime footage.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1955.

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MPAA rating: Not rated.
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DVD 5895 Adult DVD Foreign Language
D805.A2 N84 2003V Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video
DVD 5895 Adult DVD Foreign Language
D805.A2 N84 2003V Adult DVD Foreign Language

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Night and Fog represents the peak of director Alain Resnais' activities as a short-subject filmmaker. Framed as a documentary, the film is an unsettling view of life inside the Nazi concentration camps of World War II. As he would in his later features (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad et. al.) Resnais toys with chronology, with memory becoming present reality and vice versa at several critical junctures. Jean Cayrol, later responsible for the script of Resnais' Muriel (1962), wrote the narration for Night and Fog. The film was originally released in France as Nuit et Brouillard. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Library Journal Review

In Holocaust studies, it is difficult to find two films that complement each other as well as Resnais's classic 1955 Night and Fog and the 2002 documentary The Boys of Buchenwald. Night and Fog provides the beginning of the story: the building of the concentration camps, deportations, selection, daily existence, slave labor, torture, starvation, disease, death by "natural" and unnatural means, and the terrifying reality of the camps revealed upon liberation. Disturbing and graphic black-and-white stills and archival footage from the camps contrast sharply with the color images of the now-deserted Auschwitz and Majdanek. The DVD includes the original French soundtrack with English subtitles. The Boys of Buchenwald resumes the chronicle at liberation, via a specific camp, Buchenwald, and a story of hope through the surviving children. Focusing on 460 of the surviving boys, the film documents their postliberation reintegration into society. These boys were sent as displaced persons to France, where they had to learn how to trust and how to live again. Initially viewed as "damaged beyond repair," the boys formed friendships with one another that helped them regain their sense of self and rediscover dreams for the future. Robbie Waisman, Joe Szwarcberg, Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, and others share their feelings, photographs, and film clips of those years after liberation. We also follow a group of surviving boys touring France to visit the homes of their youth and watch as they attend a reunion in Jerusalem. The images in both films may be disturbing to some viewers. Highly recommended for high school, college, and general adult audiences.-Karen A. Plummer, Univ. of Akron Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.