Night and Fog
Nacht und Nebel
Alain Resnais was commissioned to make Nuit et Brouillard in 1955 for the tenth anniversary of the Nazi camps liberation. The film combines black and white archive footage with colour images shot by Resnais in several camps. It gets its title from the name given by the Nazis to a number of deportees (Night and Fog), and it describes how the concentration camp machine worked, based on the text by Jean Cayrol, a French resistant who was deported to Mauthausen. The controversial DEFA version we present features a translation by communist writer, dramatist and resistant Henryk Keisch.