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Night Will Fall

Release Date: 02 February 2015


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A film by André Singer

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 Sidney Bernstein (later founder of Granada Television) aimed to create a documentary that would provide lasting, undeniable evidence of the Nazi's unspeakable crimes. He commissioned a wealth of British talent, including editor Stewart McAllister, writer and future cabinet minister Richard Crossman and, as treatment advisor, his friends Alfred Hitchcock. Yet, despite initial support from the British 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 André Singer (executive producer of the award-wining The Act of Killing) tells the extraordinary story of the filming of the camps and the fate of Bernstein's project, using original archive footage and eyewitness testimonies.

Special features

  • Q&A with André Singer, Sally Angel, Toby Haggith and David Cesarani (2014, 13 mins): filmed at the BFI Southbank
  • Interviews with historians (2014): Jeremy Hicks at Auschwitz, David Cesarani at Buchenwald, and Rainer Schulze at Belsen
  • Survivor interviews (2014)
  • On Reflection (2014): featurette revisiting German Concentration Camps Factual Survey
  • Caroline Moorehead interview on the rediscovery of German Concentration Camps Factual Survey footage in 1985
  • Interview with Dr Toby Higgith, IWM's Senior Curator
  • Archive films: Death Mills (Billy Wilder, 1945, 22 mins); Oswiecem aka Auschwitz (1945, 21 mins); Belsen Death Camp Leaders Meet Justice (1945, 1 min)
  • Still Gallery
  • Booklet with new essays and complete film credits
  • NB. All extras TBC and subject to potential change