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Night Will Fall

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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.

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

Press

  • The Guardian
    “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”
    Peter Bradshaw
  • The Times
    "It is tough but compelling viewing. Singer's take is unflinching”
    Kate Muir
  • The Irish Times
    “It is difficult to imagine that there’ll be a more important film this year. Don’t miss it”
    Tara Brady
  • The Independent
    “This is a shocking and moving account of how the Bernstein documentary was shot, edited and shelved”
    Geoffrey Macnab
  • The Observer
    “An impressively sober, thoughtful documentary”
    Mark Kermode
  • The Sunday Times
    “An informative and sensitive work of film history”
    Edward Porter
  • The Daily Telegraph
    “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”
    Anna Smith
  • Financial Times
    "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"
    Nigel Andrews
  • Daily Express
    "A moving and utterly fascinating history lesson"
    Allan Hunter
  • London Evening Standard
    "A weighty reminder of an awful past which even today some people still either deny or belittle as propaganda."
    Derek Malcolm
  • Daily Mirror
    "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"
    Paul Routledge
  • Empire
    "A forgotten piece of screen history comes to compelling light in this meticulously researched documentary"
    David Parkinson
  • Total Film
    “A shocking if fascinating documentary”
    Ali Catterall
  • Time Out
    “A wise, sober new documentary”
    Dave Calhoun
  • “Dark, deep, disturbing, shocking, brilliant”
    Stephen Fry
  • ‘Robert Elms Show’ BBC London
    “A film about the ethics of showing the horrors of war”
    Jason Solomons
  • The Radio Times
    “This crucial account of a dark episode in history stands as a chillingly eloquent memorial”
    David Parkinson
  • Variety
    “A powerful, must-see documentary”
    Alissa Simon
  • Little White Lies
    “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”
    Sophie Monks Kaufman
  • Sight & Sound
    “I urge you to see it”
    Nick James
  • Flickering Myth
    “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”
    Simon Columb
  • CineVue
    “A harrowing but necessary insight into what the first Allied troops met as they stumbled upon the nightmare of the Holocaust”
    Daniel Green
  • The List
    “This stuff is heart-stopping, and absolutely compelling”
    Hannah McGill
  • Flickering Myth
    "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."
    Simon Columb
  • Variety
    "Clearly a work of passion and scholarship, it is both time capsule and teaching tool.... Powerful, must-see documentary"
    Alissa Simon
  • The Upcoming
    "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"
    Cinzia Leonard
  • Screen Daily
    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.
    Mark Adams, Chief Film Critic
  • Los Angeles Times
    "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."
    Gary Goldstein
  • Craig Mathieson
    "...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

Festival Participation

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

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