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Night and Fog

Night and Fog

A Short film by Alain Resnais

Produced by Argos Films

Production year : 1954

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Production and distribution (2)

Executive Producer :

Argos Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Tamasa Distribution

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Night and Fog (French: Nuit et brouillard) is a 1955 French documentary short film. Directed by Alain Resnais, it was made ten years after the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. The documentary features the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz and Majdanek while describing the lives of prisoners in the camps. Night and Fog was made in collaboration with scriptwriter Jean Cayrol, a survivor of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. The music of the soundtrack was composed by Hanns Eisler.

Source : Wikipedia.


Resnais was originally hesitant about making the film and refused the offer to make it until Cayrol was contracted to write the script. The film was shot entirely in the year 1955 and is composed of contemporary shots of the camps and stock footage. Resnais and Cayrol found the film very difficult to make due to its graphic nature and subject matter. The film faced difficulties with French censors unhappy with a shot of a French police officer in the film, and with the German embassy in France, which attempted to halt the film's release at the Cannes Film Festival. Night and Fog was released to very positive acclaim and still receives very high praise today. It was then re-shown in 1990, to remind the people of the 'horrors of war'.

Source : Wikipedia.

Full credits (7)

Executive Producer :

Anatole Dauman

Voice-over :

Michel Bouquet

Editor :

Alain Resnais

Music Composer :

Hanns Eisler

Screenwriter :

Jean Cayrol

Directors of Photography :

Sacha Vierny, Ghislain Cloquet

Narration Writer :

Jean Cayrol

Technical details

Short film

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100% French (France)

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Runtime :

31 min

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Black & White

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (2)

Curtacinema - 2012

Curtacinema (Brazil, 2012)


Program dedicated to Alain Resnais

Uppsala International Short Film Festival - 2011

Uppsala International Short Film Festival (Sweden, 2011)


30th Anniversary Program