Night Will Fall
Dir. Andre Singer
UK, Germany, France, Israel, US, Denmark 2014 | | 75 mins | Documentary
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 Sydney Bernstein (later founder of Granada Television)
aimed to create a documentary that would provide lasting, undeniable
evidence of the Nazis' unspeakable crimes. He comissioned a wealth of
British talent, including editor Stewart McAllister (acclaimed for his work with Humphrey Jennings), writer and future
cabinet minister Richard Crossman - and, as treatment advisor, his
friend Alfred Hitchcock. Yet, despite initial support from the British
and 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 Andre Singer (executive producer of the
award-winning The Act of Killing) tells the story of the
filming of the camps and the fate of Bernstein's project, using original
archive footage and eyewitness testimonies. Acclaimed by the 2014
Sheffield Doc/Fest jury, this deeply moving film 'reveals the power of
documentary and why it matters.' Jane Giles
Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter.
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