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Night and Fog

Night and Fog

1956
Documentary
History
Short Film
32m
One of the most vivid depictions of the horrors of Nazi Concentration Camps. Filmed in 1955 at the post-war site of Auschwitz... (imdb)
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Night and Fog

1956
Documentary
History
Short Film
32m
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
89th
Holocaust documentaries tend to be very detached, holding back judgement and emotion and letting the horrors of the situation speak for themselves. Night and Fog is somewhat unique in that the narrator's outrage is apparent.
Rated 15 Jul 2016
95
96th
I'm usually one to keep my mouth shut but this was one of the worst Rifftrax experiences of my entire life.
Rated 20 Nov 2010
93
97th
Horrifying. The worst part for me was about two-thirds of the way through when I realised all the horrors we'd already seen were before they'd even decided on the mass slaughter. The message at the very end of the film sent a giant chill down my spine.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
87th
Many people dismiss the Holocaust as an anomaly in the history of human cruelty. That is not so, says Night and Fog. Extraordinary acts often come from the most ordinary places. What is striking about this short documentary from the director who later went on to make Hiroshima Mon Amour is the way in which it approaches the retelling of the Holocaust.
Rated 06 May 2011
90
89th
Harrowing and poetic variation on the "never forget" mantra. As I have other shit to do, I haven't seen all the audio/visual material on the holocaust, but I don't think it's too much of a stretch to declare this the top of the heap. It also contains a wealth of talent behind the camera, with Resnais, Vierny and Marker all going on to influence cinema for the better.
Rated 11 Nov 2008
90
93rd
It's beyond film really. It just is.
Rated 18 Jan 2013
90
94th
Valiantly tries to convey even just a fraction of the living nightmare that was the Holocaust. And with the exception of a slightly out of place score, it succeeds.
Rated 20 May 2012
80
90th
Why am I awake at 3 a.m. reading wikipedia articles about Einsatzgruppen and Josef Mengele? Fuck you, Nazis.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
89
92nd
This is THE holocaust documentary to watch. It's raw, scary and incredibly effective, all in a condensed running time.
Rated 23 Jul 2007
92
95th
hart to review and rate actually. i mean... somehow it feels wrong, that there is an 'Awesome!' next to the score.
Rated 22 Nov 2010
90
93rd
Very chilling. A lot is left to the imagination while the narration only guides one's experience through this film. Never have I been more shocked and mortified. Having said that, The Holocaust is no joking matter. My great uncle died in a concentration camp.... He fell from a watch tower...
Rated 09 Apr 2018
85
91st
Sufficiently eviscerating holocaust film. Makes the subject approachable and hard-hitting by having the nerve to drop the more obvious interrogative forms of discourse.
Rated 16 Mar 2010
80
95th
Hard to rate, as it's not something to be enjoyed, but something to be understood.
Rated 22 Jan 2019
70
71st
No doubt a brave effort by Resnais. The concentration camp footage is, and will always be, frightening to the core, revealing the disturbing depths of man's capacity for hatred and cruelty. The shocking footage of dead emaciated bodies being collected and dumped by tractors like landfill is impossible to erase once seen, while the post war shots of the camps are unsettling because no matter how 'objective' Resnais' eye is, the horrors of the past live eternally in the memory of the present.
Rated 26 Mar 2013
60
61st
Straight up never happened. These Zionist amateurs.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
82nd
A terrific documentary on an ugly subject - there is not sugar in this film, just bitter, powerful stuff.
Rated 15 Nov 2010
90
92nd
Well... it's just one of those. Mesmerizing, hypnotizing and - of course - shocking.
Rated 08 Jan 2012
4
70th
What's with the jaunty music? Anyway...jeez, some absolutely haunting images here. The clip of a liberator carrying an emaciated, half-naked corpse of a woman over his shoulder will stick with me. Too little, too late.
Rated 13 Jul 2017
5
93rd
Time has largely desensitized us to the sheer atrocity of the Holocaust, yet Night and Fog remains a nauseating reminder, a demand for acknowledgment. It is an undeniably important work. Resnais often explored the idea that memory informs identity, and here presents that abstract thesis in literal application. Spaces, as much as people, are haunted by events that occur within their boundaries, and the places documented here have sculpted public consciousness.
Rated 18 Oct 2007
8
82nd
Pretty disgusting. Really tough film to rate though because it's just something that everyone has to see at least once.
Rated 10 Nov 2010
7
88th
With Night and Fog, Resnais does the impossible by tackling an immensely ugly and terrifying subject matter with poetry and intelligence. He does a better job relating the horrors of the Holocaust in thirty minutes than all three hours of Schindler's List combined. My only complaint is the music which is cheesy to the point of almost ruining the mood.
Rated 24 Jan 2010
90
85th
While most horror films get a little less scary every time you see them, the Holocaust seems to work the other way around. I may feel numbed about the whole thing when I happen to think about it in my everyday life, but every time I see the footage or even just hear the stories, the disgust builds up inside me again. No matter how infamous these events may be, seeing them on film and in pictures never gets any less gut-wrenching.
Rated 24 Nov 2012
90
88th
24 Kasım 12, Zevahir & Anlatilamaz olani anlatmayi denemedigi ve bu anlatilamazligi ortaya koydugu icin degerli bir is. Cok sert, cok dehsete dusuren sahnelerin mevcut ama bu duygu somurus ya da pornografi degil. Mazlum edebiyati hic degil. Sert gercekcilik. Hollywood'un ahlaksiz oldugunu dusundugum ikinci dunya savasi filmlerinin yaninda altin degerinde bir is.
Rated 09 Feb 2011
90
99th
Must be seen.
Rated 20 May 2009
80
94th
Resnais's half-hour documentary on the Nazi concentration camps, juxtaposing past and present. The present, where the camp sites look like ghost towns, is done in tranquil, richly colored, lyrical passages; the past, where the ghosts themselves spring back to life, is done in colorless, nightmarish newsreel footage. The subject matter is so potent that the movie might appear to be more facile than it is. Very subdued and reflective
Rated 28 Sep 2009
86
95th
A deceptively simple movie that asks whether genocide is an anomaly, or simply an aspect of humanity.
Rated 27 Jul 2011
95
96th
Hard to judge objectively, it plays essentially like the most horrible home movie imaginable - but one everyone should see. Jean Cayrol's poetic first-hand account narrative plays over images of abandoned concentration camps, 10 years after liberation, combined with disturbing stock footage of tortured, malnourished and dead or dying prisoners. While today's audience may be more privy to graphic images that display the horrors of Nazi camps, it takes nothing from the shock of this timeless film.
Rated 14 Jun 2016
60
54th
A half-hour introduction to the Holocaust, comprised of graphic images, a dramatic voiceover narration, and a tasteless musical track. "Night and Fog" did a noteworthy job exposing Nazi crimes to 1950s audiences (discounting inaccuracies such as "corpses into soap" claim), but I don't care for its attempts at lyricism. If you have nine hours, watch "Shoah" by Lanzmann. It doesn't feature archival footage, but Lanzmann got that there was nothing poetic about what he was filming.
Rated 20 Oct 2009
50
16th
How do you rate a film that is both essential viewing (not just for cinephiles but all people, everywhere) and is so repulsive that i never want to view it again?
Rated 09 Jun 2023
85
93rd
Essential.
Rated 09 Mar 2017
65
42nd
Its directness and impact are undeniable, despite being somewhat deminished by the subsequent fetishization of WWII evil. (When I went to Auschwitz earlier this year, there were tourists taking cheerful selfies using the barbed wire as a backdrop. It probably speaks both to the film's necessity and the triteness of its message; the monuments of Nazi atrocity are now so worn out that they have turned into something like a slightly sadder Eiffel Tower.)
Rated 31 Jan 2012
80
92nd
Awakes a lot of emotions, which is a trait of a great documentary. Rarely have I been this shocked by the footage in a film.
Rated 24 Jan 2010
85
69th
Provides a fundamental understanding of what went on in the Nazi concentration camps. Required viewing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
75th
Transcends ratings, I think (but I have to put some number in). Not a piece I'd like to revisit any time soon, but a must-see.
Rated 10 Jul 2008
9
90th
The director's straightforward and honest commentary contributes a lot to this film. This is an exceptional documentary, and definitely not a film for the weak stomachs: some of the imagery is gut wrenching, sad and very powerful. You can say: "I've seen this a million times before..." but that doesn't apply in this case. A film that's not easy to watch but that everyone should.
Rated 12 Sep 2010
65
24th
Ignore my numerical rating, because this isn't a film to be rated as such. This is the most disturbing film I've ever seen, mainly because of the failure of the "it's only a movie" quote. Resnais doesn't sugar-coat any of the confronting doco footage. If you think you can handle it, it is a film to be seen; even once is enough.
Rated 15 Aug 2014
95
93rd
Says more about the horrors of the Holocaust in half an hour than Life is Beautiful did in two, Schindler's List did in four and entire books did in hundreds of pages. Succinct and unbelievably powerful.
Rated 18 Aug 2012
93
98th
Vicious Holocaust footage really is a gut punch. As most have pointed out, strays from traditional documentary format, as the narrator is clearly disgusted.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
82
71st
# 364
Rated 21 Nov 2012
90
94th
How do you rate a film that is about such terrible things? This may only be 33 minutes long, but they are a rough 33 minutes you will not forget. Powerful.
Rated 28 Sep 2011
90
91st
Can you imagine this back in 1955? I think that back then it would be more shocking but that doesn't mean it can't make an impact even today, that's how good it is. The narration is pitch perfect in describing it, even though he says he basically can't describe it. That, along with the images of both past and -- at the time -- present, this is a really great documentary and should be necessary viewing in History courses.
Rated 06 Mar 2017
100
98th
Graphic images from Nazi concentration camps. Difficult viewing but necessary. [1001 Movies]
Rated 11 Sep 2016
90
90th
I guess Resnais actually had something to say at this point in time.
Rated 25 May 2022
60
51st
Haunting images, terrible music choices. The impact of this was lessened by the fact that I've seen lots of other Holocaust documentaries and had seen some of these scenes and others like them previously.
Rated 13 Sep 2017
9
87th
good movie to watch on a friday night with the bros
Rated 07 Aug 2013
90
94th
Çok iyi yazılmış bir metin, fazlasıyla çarpıcı görüntüler. Bence 30 dakika gibi kısa bir sürede daha etkileyicisi olamaz.
Rated 16 Nov 2011
85
94th
The horror... the horror...
Rated 22 Jan 2012
80
68th
Years ago I saw the shot of the bulldozers pushing the pile of bodies. It's haunting. It stayed with me. It's important not to recoil these images, no matter how horrifying. It is our duty to witness, if we can do nothing else for them. Anyways, enough of that. Can I critique the film for one moment? The architecture, and the "making of a death-camp;" that's nothing. Get to the horrors. God knows there's plenty of them, and that's the story worth telling.
Rated 25 May 2012
80
55th
I am sure this was incredible in 1955. It's still good now, but I've been so desensitized to the material here that it didn't real have the emotional effect for which it clearly aims. Still definitely worth a watch at only 32 minutes long...
Rated 24 Jan 2010
95
91st
O documentário mais impressionante que o cinema já viu. Um assombro de direção de Resnais.
Rated 25 Sep 2011
86
97th
Although the soundtrack is extremely distracting and doesn't fit the tone, "Night and Fog" is a horrifying but essential watch, if for nothing else than the final speech.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
71st
A film that could've made more of an impression were it longer, Alain Resnais' vivid Holocaust documentary still stands as one of the first of its kind, and surprisingly forgotten among Americans, where Holocaust films have become a sub-genre all their own. The pastel colors of the Aushwitz grounds combined with the grainy black and white footage of the death camps make for what may be the ultimate unsettling experiance.
Rated 27 Apr 2022
90
95th
Narrator: "With our sincere gaze we survey these ruins, as if the old monster lay crushed forever beneath the rubble. We pretend to take up hope again as the image recedes into the past, as if we were cured once and for all of the scourge of the camps. We pretend it happened all at once, at a given time and place. We turn a blind eye to what surrounds us and a deaf ear to humanity's never-ending cry."
Rated 16 Jan 2012
95
94th
I honestly don't know what to type here. This documentary literally had me to tears by the end. Who is responsible? Who is responsible?
Rated 19 Dec 2008
81
62nd
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Rated 08 Aug 2014
95
94th
Powerful, still and silent.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
50
33rd
Thunder stolen by all the subsequent films and TV shows about the Holocaust
Rated 09 Apr 2021
80
88th
Very haunting footage of the Holocaust which gives you a good idea of the horrific events that happened. My only major gripe with it that drags it down somewhat is the music score felt inappropriate for the subject and a bit too overbearing in places. For only being 30 minutes long though it gets to the point and serves its purpose.
Rated 28 Feb 2010
70
66th
the horror... the horror...
Rated 28 Feb 2016
16
89th
Star Rating: ★★★★1/2
Rated 19 Oct 2014
89
92nd
some things are best expressed poetically, and this is about as close to cinema poetry as it gets. this wasn't a historic event, it's a permanent strain in humanity.
Rated 06 Nov 2021
91
95th
Incredible last line
Rated 05 May 2012
80
78th
I can't give it a higher rating because it gives me no joy to watch. As a documentary it works very well.
Rated 20 Aug 2007
19
98th
Resnais deals very consciously in the abstract: although ostensibly about the holocaust, this is a film that applies just as potently to genocide in general and--perhaps most importantly to Resnais--the actions of colonial powers, particularly France's brutal treatment of the Algerian independence movement. Every bit as powerful and meaningful as the incredibly important subject matter deserves: a stunning examination of the human condition and of man's terrifying barbarity to man.
Rated 19 Jan 2010
95
98th
This is so real and disturbing that is almost unbearable.
Rated 01 Jun 2012
80
90th
A great short documentary about the Holocaust. Could have been more heavy-handed in forcing the viewer to examine the still dangerous phenomenon that enabled the Nazis to do this.
Rated 02 Feb 2013
75
67th
Nazi toplama kamplarini anlatiyor. Tek bir anlatici fotograf ve videolar esliginde anlatiyor. Çok çarpici görüntüler var.
Rated 04 Mar 2010
95
98th
This achieves what Schindler's list wished it could. The enormity of the Holocaust and its implications can't be fully described in mere re-enactments but only in its grotesque reality. There's no dramatic set pieces here and no major cinematographic tricks but quiet narration and scenes. Powerful stuff.
Rated 20 Jul 2015
85
89th
The beginning and end seem to have respectively wanted to set up and close off an original overarching contrast as their narrative, but unfortunately the middle gets somewhat lost in meandering (though still very powerful) images that do not adhere to that framework.
Rated 10 Feb 2010
1
3rd
One of the worst pieces of shit I've ever had to watch. This is how talentless Resnais is as a filmmaker--he can't even make the Holocaust emotionally impactful. I recommend watching anything else instead, even some modern American dreck about the subject. Avoid Resnais.
Rated 15 Dec 2013
6
83rd
interspersing archives with purposefully beautiful ruins of auschwitz. there isn't much to say here...
Rated 18 Jan 2012
60
38th
... though I feel like it only scratched the surface
Rated 03 Jan 2007
100
99th
Noite e Neblina estreava há 65 anos no Festival de Cannes (uma exibição que tentou ser proibida pelo governo Alemão, mas que deixou o filme apenas fora da competição). Achei que depois de assistir Shoah o filme de Resnais perderia o impacto nessa revisão, ledo engano, ainda causa um arrepio na espinha e prova que o peso da maturidade não nos incapacita de sentirmos algo diante do mais brutal horror. Box Versátil O Cinema de Alain Resnais.
Rated 05 Jun 2010
87
90th
It's so horrifying. I was so shocked at some times, and was seriously hard to watch. Hard to rate too. Sometimes I thought the music wasn't appropriate
Rated 28 Jul 2016
90
93rd
You know its going to get worse and you're still hoping it doesn't... but it does.
Rated 08 Oct 2010
90
96th
Chilling documentary... Makes the hair rise on the back of your neck! An important film about the Holocaust and the horrible things that went on in the Concentration Camps during WWII. A must see...
Rated 23 Dec 2008
97
90th
Night and Fog pokes at an ugly and very raw subject: the holocaust. It goes beyond the limits of regular cinema. In fact, it isn't even a film, or a documentary. I really can't describe it in an ordinary manner.
Rated 10 Feb 2014
84
91st
Fitting mandatory material for any institution that teaches history of the 20th century.
Rated 02 Aug 2010
90
92nd
There are some movies out there that show the Holocaust through the filter of a drama, such as The Pianist and Schindler's List. These are good movies, but they fail to take into account one fact: these atrocities need no dramatization. Just show me plainly what happened and it will be enough to shake me to my core. And that's what Night and Fog did to me. An absolutely gut wrenching experience that was more powerful than any Hollywood film on the subject could ever hope to be.
Rated 11 Jul 2007
5
96th
My only complaint is that the music seems a bit too cheery at times. Should be mandatory viewing for all high school students.
Rated 02 Jun 2021
100
96th
I have had a tendency to disassociate the Alain Resnais who made "Night and Fog" from the Alain Resnais who made "Hiroshima Mon Amour" and "Last Year at Marienbad", mostly because the experimental modernism of the latter films feel so distinct from the work of a documentarian. On this latest viewing, the thematic connections between these films just hit me like a ton of bricks, especially the preoccupation with memory and how tenuous our connection to the past is.
Rated 01 Aug 2010
7
78th
Rensnais provides an abstract and poetic look at the Holocaust; but in doing so does not limit the scope to it, but of the human tendency to inflict suffering and despair upon each other. This is a fairly poignant, well shot, and put together piece about the human condition.
Rated 02 Feb 2012
93
97th
Alain Resnais and Jean Cayrol tell the story of the concentration camps in brisk, unflinching strokes: their construction and implementation, and their strange social strata (with the role of the thuggish kapos being the biggest revelation to me). B &Wphotos and vintage footage are mixed with later color footage of the abandoned camps, to great effect; superbly written and delivered narration. The music is a bit heavy and a little more depth would be nice, but it packs a great punch nonetheless.
Rated 30 Sep 2019
94
82nd
Seen 2x
Rated 12 Dec 2007
100
98th
Grim and soul-shaking, a sombre look at the Nazi concentration camps and what happened there.
Rated 13 Jan 2010
86
72nd
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Rated 24 Nov 2008
95
93rd
revisto em 25 de agosto de 2023
Rated 25 Aug 2014
100
99th
The finest cinematic exploration of the holocaust, with the emphasis on the real definition of "cinematic".
Rated 23 May 2020
60
51st
rewatch
Rated 12 Jan 2009
94
68th
How do you even begin to rate this?
Rated 15 Oct 2015
87
85th
God damn.
Rated 04 Dec 2022
87
89th
Harrowing with some very disturbing archival footage, this does a very good job of drilling home the scale of the Holocaust. The scenes with the objects, etc (combs, glasses, hair, etc) are especially effective at tt his. Shocking to see, even when you know all of this happened. Seeing is always different than hearing or reading. Straightforward and short, but packs so much into its run-time.
Rated 10 Jun 2009
95
96th
Excellent document of the Holocaust, approaching the topic with a poetic slant that allows the film to extend its impact beyond the confines of a narrative. The contrast between archival footage and the peaceful environs of post-war Auschwits is stunning, and Resnais structures his film beautifully, building to a climax that surprises with its power.
Rated 19 Feb 2014
70
54th
My advice is to watch this with the sound turned off as the music is terribly heavy-handed and intrusive. The narration is a bit ham-fisted too. The images speak for themselves.
Rated 30 Nov 2011
86
72nd
#286
Rated 02 Oct 2008
90
86th
essential doc
Rated 11 May 2018
87
92nd
Those terrible (yet so true) last lines.
Rated 09 Apr 2008
95
92nd
This movie never gets any easier to watch. Absolutely brutal.
Rated 06 Dec 2008
95
74th
It's odd to "rate" a film like this-- but it's haunting, to say the least.
Rated 09 Sep 2010
92
97th
Incredible film and one of the most important documentaries ever made. Difficult to "rate" this film as its not something I plan on revisiting again. Not everything can or should be rated on entertainment value.

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