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Night Will Fall
  • Description

    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) aimed 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, as treatment advisor, his friend Alfred Hitchcock. 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 Imperial War Museums. 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.

    Features:

    • Q&A with André Singer, Sally Angel, Toby Haggith and David Cesarani (2014, 13 minutes): filmed at the BFI Southbank
    • Interviews with historians (2014): Jeremy Hicks at Auschwitz, David Cesarani at Buchenwald, and Rainer Schulze at Belsen
    • Survivor interviews (2014)
    • On Reflection (2014): featurette revisiting German Concentration Camps Factual Survey
    • Caroline Moorehead interview on the rediscovery of German Concentration Camps Factual Survey footage in 1985
    • Interview with Dr Toby Haggith, IWM’s Senior Curator
    • Archive films: Death Mills (Billy Wilder, 1945, 22 mins); Oswiecem aka Auschwitz (1945, 21 mins); Belsen Death Camp Leaders Meet Justice (1945, 1 min)
    • Stills gallery
    • Booklet with new essays and complete film credits
    • NB. All extras TBC and subject to potential change

    Cast and Crew:

    Directed by André Singer (Executive Producer of The Act of Killing)

     

  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    15
    Director:
    André Singer
    Region:
    2
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Run Time:
    75 mins approx.
    studio:
    BFI

Night Will Fall

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  • Description

    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) aimed 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, as treatment advisor, his friend Alfred Hitchcock. 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 Imperial War Museums. 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.

    Features:

    • Q&A with André Singer, Sally Angel, Toby Haggith and David Cesarani (2014, 13 minutes): filmed at the BFI Southbank
    • Interviews with historians (2014): Jeremy Hicks at Auschwitz, David Cesarani at Buchenwald, and Rainer Schulze at Belsen
    • Survivor interviews (2014)
    • On Reflection (2014): featurette revisiting German Concentration Camps Factual Survey
    • Caroline Moorehead interview on the rediscovery of German Concentration Camps Factual Survey footage in 1985
    • Interview with Dr Toby Haggith, IWM’s Senior Curator
    • Archive films: Death Mills (Billy Wilder, 1945, 22 mins); Oswiecem aka Auschwitz (1945, 21 mins); Belsen Death Camp Leaders Meet Justice (1945, 1 min)
    • Stills gallery
    • Booklet with new essays and complete film credits
    • NB. All extras TBC and subject to potential change

    Cast and Crew:

    Directed by André Singer (Executive Producer of The Act of Killing)

     

  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    15
    Director:
    André Singer
    Region:
    2
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Run Time:
    75 mins approx.
    studio:
    BFI
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