Night and Fog (The Criterion Collection)
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- New transfer with restored image and sound and improved subtitle translation
- Excerpt from an audio interview with director Alain Resnais
- Optional music only track
- New essay by Phillip Lopate
- Essay about composer Hanns Eisler
- Crew profiles
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I have since seen other films depicting the Holocaust, including "Schindler's List" and "Life is Beautiful," both of which were excellent. But "Night and Fog" is still the one work that will shake you to your marrow. I visited the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem in the late 70's, and the emotional experience was identical to and of the same wrenching caliber as watching "Night and Fog."
Truth is truth. We need to look at it, even when it would be more comfortable to turn away. Thank God someone like Resnais had the courage to tell the truth of the Holocaust in a ruthless and inescapable way that holds us all accountable. "Night and Fog" should give us all the courage to call evil by its name out loud when we see it, and to stand together to stop it.
This should be required viewing for everyone.
We talk about the Holocaust, we hear 6 million jews died, 12 million total, we may even see a film like Life is Beautiful, which scratches the surface to what went on inside the camps.
But nothing can prepare you for the sheer mindshattering power of this film.
It is a brief, stark film, shot in black and white and goes on for only a halfhour.
But instead of adding dramatic flourishes, or light intonations, it simply shows images of the horror that was the Holocaust. A musical score flows throughout the background as you are hit with an assault of image after image of what went on behind the camp gates.
You can watch the goriest film with practices 100x as bizarre, but they wont disturb you nearly as much as seeing an entire storeroom filled with hair cut off from the victims of this atrocity or pictures of human beings that stand there as mere skeletons.
The narrator shows incredible constraint in his tone and his line of comments. He simply provides a framework for the images and probes the viewer, "Why did this happen? How could we allow this to go on?"
Not for young children.
It stays with you. If it doesn't disturb you, if it doesn't deeply affect you, you may have to question the depth of your humanity.
The film is best seen as a philosophical exploration rather than a history lesson - indeed, if you don't know at least the key events of the Nazi Regime, you'll find Resnais' elisions confusing. It is still a potent and unsettling film and, within its mere 31 minutes, opened up questions about artistic responsibility and representation that persist today about the Holocaust and other filmed depictions of human atrocities.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Night and Fog (The Criterion Collection) = a *4* star Movie!!!Published 15 days ago by A Roger Zelazny Fan
I had to watch it for a college class. It made me cry. The movie was well made, but I can't bring myself to say that I love it, as it was a representation of the worst of history... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karen M
I saw this film in high school, and it has stayed with me to this day. imo, if we, as a collective human species, were allowed to have only one film from the entire twentieth... Read morePublished 1 month ago by James M. Ferris
Usually I don't mind subtitles, but for some reason, they bothered me in this documentary. Also, what was up with the music that they were playing? Talk about disrespectful! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Boots
This is a great testimony to the Hell captives were put through. I think the most annoying coverage was of the bulldozer pushing bodies into a ditch. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marvin Shimel
You need to get rid of the name of Reinhard Heydrich as the producer. Very upsetting to see that.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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