Night and Fog #MovieReview

Film 118 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1955’s “Night and Fog”. Or as it’s known in  “Nuit et brouillard”. This short French documentary film looks at concentration camps ten years after World War II and what life was like for those being kept captive during World War II. I personally found it hard to watch considering I have visited Auschwitz back in 2009 as concentration camps today are now tourist attractions in Poland. Seeing those images in this film knowing that this actually happened was very touch to watch. Even when I visited it was still hard to believe that that actually happened. I know this may sound wrong but I am going to use this film as a teaser and a preview for what I can expect when I watch 1993’s “Schindler’s List”. Even though it was tough to watch, I found myself to enjoy this. It’s only 32 minutes long and does a really good job at showcasing life during World War II. This is that Time Out Film Guide had to say about this film, “The achievement of Resnais’s film is to find a tone appropriate to the desolating enormity of what took place.” The title of the film is a reference to the way people who resisted the Nazi occupiers would vanish “into the night and fog.” If you have seen this film then let me know what you had to say in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1955’s “Night and Fog”

Film – Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard)
Year – 1955
Director – Alain Resnais
Written by – Jean Cayrol
Staring – Michel Bouquet, Reinhard Heydrich, Heinrich Himmler
IMDb Rating – 8.6/10
My Rating – 8.3/10
Length – 32 min
Genre – Documentary, Short, History
Reading
Back to the barbed wire
Let’s have a look at life in 1933 Nazi Germany
“Concentration camps are built in the same way as football stadiums”
Here we see images of Jewish families boarding trains to the camps
That’s a funny looking wheelchair
Back to modern times and the tracks are covered in grass
They keep cutting in between modern footage and footage from what it was like at the time
Here is where people slept
So… They made them work as miners and builders?
They kept a tally of how many people were killed
Everyone had to share the same bowl of soup
The toilets were holes in concrete
They would organize groups while taking shits
They had a zoo in concentration camps?
“On occasion, they killed out of boredom”
20 lashes for poorly made beds
The wall at Block 11!
The hospital! Looks normal on the outside but deadly on the inside
The doctor would cut off limbs… just because
That is a nasty looking burn on the foot
They kept a book with everyone’s names in it
It’s hard to say anything about this
1942
Himmler pays a visit and plans a new camp
I can’t really read the subtitles when the footage is black and white
The gas chamber! They may look like normal showers but they weren’t
Previous victims would claw at the concrete on the roof to try and escape
More images of dead bodies
Footage of the aftermath of the bodies in the gas chamber
Some would be used in fires and furnaces
Everything was saved and stored away
Even the hair!
Here are all the bones from the burnt bodies
They stored peoples heads in baskets
They even made soap out of some bodies
1945
More images of dead people
“I am not responsible”
Today, the bodies are hidden under puddles of icy water
THE END
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