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Night Will Fall

Synopsis
When Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps in 1944-45, their terrible discoveries were recorded by army and newsreel cameramen, revealing for the first time the full horror of what had happened. Making use of British, Soviet and American footage, the Ministry of Information’s Sidney Bernstein (later founder of Granada Television) collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock to create a documentary that would provide lasting, undeniable evidence of the Nazis’ unspeakable crimes. He commissioned a wealth of British talent, including editor Stewart McAllister, writer and future cabinet minister Richard Crossman and, Hitchcock as treatment advisor. Yet, despite initial support from the British and US Governments, the film was shelved, and only now, 70 years on, has it been restored and completed by the Imperial War Museum. This eloquent, lucid documentary by André Singer (executive producer of the award-winning The Act of Killing) tells the extraordinary story of the filming of the camps and the fate of Bernstein’s project, using original archive footage and eyewitness testimonies.

This release includes a wide range of extras including:
• O wi cim (1945, 22 mins): Russian propaganda film about the Auschwitz concentration camp; Death Mills (Hanuš Berger and Billy Wilder, 1946, 22 mins): US propaganda film recording the horrors Allied forces encountered at the Nazi concentration camps they liberated; Belsen Death Camp Leaders Meet Justice (1945, 2 mins): short newsreel about the trial of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg; Night Will Fall - Panel Discussion (2014, 13 mins); An Interview with Dr Jeremy Hicks at Auschwitz Concentration Camp (2014, 24 mins); An Interview with Professor Rainer Schulze at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp (2014, 28 mins); An interview with Professor David Cesarani at Buchenwald Concentration Camp (2014, 25 mins)
Language
English
Country
Germany; Denmark; France; Great Britain; Israel; United States
Year of release
2014
Notes
The film Best Use of Footage in a History Production and in Cinema Production at the 12th FOCAL INternational Awards.
Subjects
History
Keywords
concentration camps; documentary films; genocide; Holocaust; Nazi Germany; newsreel films

Credits

Director
André Singer

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
75 minutes
Year
2015

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

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