Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog) (1955)




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Night and Fog represents the peak of director Alain Resnais' activities as a short-subject filmmaker. Framed as a documentary, the film is an unsettling view of life inside the Nazi concentration camps of World War II. As he would in his later features (Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad et. al.) Resnais toys with chronology, with memory becoming present reality and vice versa at several critical junctures. Jean Cayrol, later responsible for the script of Resnais' Muriel (1962), wrote the narration for Night and Fog. The film was originally released in France as Nuit et Brouillard. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Documentary , Drama
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Argos Films


Michel Bouquet
as Narrator

Critic Reviews for Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog)

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Only half an hour long, this is the greatest film ever made about the concentration camps.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Alain Resnais' Night and Fog (nuit et brouillard) runs barely over 30 minutes, yet it manages to pack a lifetime of horrors into its half-hour length.

Full Review… | July 24, 2016
Creative Loafing

Alain Resnais' seminal 1955 documentary... remembers the confusion, and still feels the blind, hurt outrage at humanity's betrayal of itself.

Full Review… | July 20, 2016

No film about human-made catastrophe has ever been as concise and evocative as Night and Fog, which has been fully restored on Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection.

Full Review… | July 18, 2016
Slant Magazine

A haunted litany about unspeakable events barely a decade old, the madness of history and the sin of forgetfulness

Full Review… | December 27, 2013

Audience Reviews for Nuit et Brouillard (Night and Fog)


Resnais made this disturbing 32-minute documentary only 10 years after the liberation of the Nazi camps, exposing in devastating details a horrific monstrosity that must never be forgotten and turning it into a universal message to remind us that it could happen anywhere.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A film that is hard but necessary to watch. Extremely powerful.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Easily the most unforgettable and moving documentary you will ever see. The sober narrative contrasted with the grave footage of Nazi atrocities makes for a very moving experience. The camera also glides over the ruins which perfectly augments the narrative's meditation on who is culpable for these crimes. The runtime is short, but the impact lasts long after your viewing.

Reid Volk
Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

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