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Monday, October 24, 2011

Alain Resnais - Night and Fog (1955)

Alain Resnais's documentary from 1955 (Nuit et Brouillard - Night and Fog) combines footage shot by him while visiting the places of Nazi concentration camps with newsreels and stills of the epoch, shot by Nazis, or by allies when they arrived there to liberate the surviving prisoners. It's an almost inhumane depiction of inhuman horrors, hard to watch, and raising the same questions we continue to raise since then, without finding the answers: how was it possible? how can banality of life and banality of evil be so much alike? And, maybe the most terrible question: if so many banal people were not aware of the evil during those times, are we aware now of the tragedies of our times? I'm quoting here from the movie: those of us who pretend to believe that all this happened at a certain time and in a certain place, and those who refuse to see, who do not hear the cry to the end of time.

Nuit et brouillard - 1/3
(video by Iclolwut)

Nuit et brouillard - 2/3
(video by Iclolwut)

Nuit et brouillard - 3/3
(video by Iclolwut)

(Alain Resnais)



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