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Night Will Fall


Night Will Fall tells the story of the liberation of the German Concentration Camps. Using remarkable archive footage and testimony from both survivors and liberators, it tells of the efforts made to document the almost unbelievable scenes that the Allies encountered on liberation.
The film explores how a team of top filmmakers, including Sidney Bernstein, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock, came together to make a film to provide undeniable evidence of what the Allies found, but the film was stopped in its tracks by the British Government and only now 70 years on, has it been completed. Each new generation deserves access to this evidence.

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Running Time: 75 min.
Subject(s): Conflicts, European History, History, Holocaust, Investigative Journalism, Jewish Studies, War
Language(s): English, Hebrew, Russian
Producer(s): Sally Angel, Brett Ratner
Cinematographer: Richard Blanshard
Editor(s): Arik Lahav, Stephensee all »
Production Company: Angel TV, Spring Films


  • “The hell of the Holocaust rises again in this remarkable account of how Britain's army film unit commissioned producer Sidney Bernstein to make a documentary record of the Nazi death camps”
    The Guardian
    Peter Bradshaw
  • "It is tough but compelling viewing. Singer's take is unflinching”
    The Times
    Kate Muir
  • “It is difficult to imagine that there’ll be a more important film this year. Don’t miss it”
    The Irish Times
    Tara Brady
  • “This is a shocking and moving account of how the Bernstein documentary was shot, edited and shelved”
    The Independent
    Geoffrey Macnab
  • “An impressively sober, thoughtful documentary”
    The Observer
    Mark Kermode
  • “An informative and sensitive work of film history”
    The Sunday Times
    Edward Porter
  • “Night Will Fall isn’t simply a film about the war, it documents the power of emerging technologies to reveal and publicise war crimes - something that also feels acutely relevant today”
    The Daily Telegraph
    Anna Smith
  • "The film pieces together the complex whirlwinds of bureaucracy and political pragmatism that blew away a docu-project whose like the world had never seen"
    Financial Times
    Nigel Andrews
  • "A moving and utterly fascinating history lesson"
    Daily Express
    Allan Hunter
  • "A weighty reminder of an awful past which even today some people still either deny or belittle as propaganda."
    London Evening Standard
    Derek Malcolm
  • "Night Will Fall...fights against forgetting this Holocaust happened in our lifetime, and if we fail to heed the message behind those haunting pictures, it will fall again, and again, and again"
    Daily Mirror
    Paul Routledge
  • "A forgotten piece of screen history comes to compelling light in this meticulously researched documentary"
    David Parkinson
  • “A shocking if fascinating documentary”
    Total Film
    Ali Catterall
  • “A wise, sober new documentary”
    Time Out
    Dave Calhoun
  • “Dark, deep, disturbing, shocking, brilliant”
    Stephen Fry
  • “A film about the ethics of showing the horrors of war”
    ‘Robert Elms Show’ BBC London
    Jason Solomons
  • “This crucial account of a dark episode in history stands as a chillingly eloquent memorial”
    The Radio Times
    David Parkinson
  • “A powerful, must-see documentary”
    Alissa Simon
  • “It is the humanity woven with utmost delicacy and respect into the nightmarish images that makes Night Will Fall such an emotional and important historical documentary”
    Little White Lies
    Sophie Monks Kaufman
  • “I urge you to see it”
    Sight & Sound
    Nick James
  • “Night Will Fall reminds us that we need to make a change before it’s too late. Otherwise, like the cameramen in Bergen-Belsen, who knows what we will find in the aftermath”
    Flickering Myth
    Simon Columb
  • “A harrowing but necessary insight into what the first Allied troops met as they stumbled upon the nightmare of the Holocaust”
    Daniel Green
  • “This stuff is heart-stopping, and absolutely compelling”
    The List
    Hannah McGill
  • "Night Will Fall coincides with the release of the originally-intended film, German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, but it is a masterpiece unto itself. Rather than explaining and recalling the events, Night Will Fall highlights the importance of film. Akin to diaries of photographers and journalists in war zones, Night Will Fall is unflinching in its intention to hold onto the mistakes we made, so that we learn from it."
    Flickering Myth
    Simon Columb
  • "Clearly a work of passion and scholarship, it is both time capsule and teaching tool.... Powerful, must-see documentary"
    Alissa Simon
  • "The camera lens gives an unadulterated, harrowing insight into the reality of the concentration camps and what it meant to liberate them... This is not a film solely about the Jewish community, but about what it means to be human"
    The Upcoming
    Cinzia Leonard
  • A remarkable and often harrowing documentary that interweaves horrific footage of Allied Forces liberating Nazi concentration camps in 1944-45 with a Hollywood twist involving Alfred Hitchcock and Billy Wilder, Night Will Fall is a must-see documentary likely to feature strongly on the festival circuit as well as benefit from a series of high-profile platform releases.
    Screen Daily
    Mark Adams, Chief Film Critic
  • "An eye-opener... A masterfully constructed look at an obscure chapter of Holocaust history... 'Night Will Fall' proves a riveting, devastating, heartbreaking and deeply important film, one that you will likely never forget."
    Los Angeles Times
    Gary Goldstein
  • "...detailed documentary, explains the events, both historic and prosaic... It was Alfred Hitchcock, a supervising director during editing, who suggested using panning shots to capture the extent of the murder and how it was subsequently witnessed by local German communities – he wanted to make deniability impossible."
    Craig Mathieson
    Craig Mathieson

Festival & Awards

  • Berlinale - 2014
  • Sheffield - 2014
  • Jerusalem - 2014
  • Telluride - 2014
  • CPH:DOX - 2014
  • IDFA - 2014

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  • The Holocaust film that was too shocking to show: Guardian Feature

    In 1945, overseen by Alfred Hitchcock, a crack team of British film-makers went to Germany to document the horror of the concentration camps. Despite being hailed as a masterpiece, the film was never shown. Now, in a documentary called Night Will Fall, the full story of its creation and suppression is being told.

    By Stuart Jeffries



  • The most powerful Holocaust film you’ve never seen is this lost Hitchcock documentary: Quartz feature

    For someone who was born more than four decades after the Holocaust, I have seen my share of horrifying, gut-wrenching, and heart-breaking footage from or about Nazi concentration camps. I’ve watched these documentaries and propaganda films in class, at the US Holocaust Museum, at Yad Vashem in Israel, at the Berlin Jewish Museum, and at several locations in Poland. I’ve worked on a film that describes the atrocities—in fact, I spent half of my life in Warsaw, where the memory of World War II lingers to this day. But I have never been as affected by any film as I was by the “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey,” a propaganda picture made in 1945, and shelved for 70 years.

    By Hanna Kozlowska
  • History of the German Concentration Camps Factual Survey
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