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Film Review: Night Will Fall

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Perhaps one of the most harrowing documentaries every made, this well-made and upsetting Holocaust film charts the making of another film, Sidney Bernstein’s 1945 documentary German Concentration Camps Factual Survey.

As we are told in the film, Alfred Hitchcock was instrumental in the making of the Factual Survey, though its production was far from an easy and trouble-free journey. Without a doubt, the most memorable part of the film is the extraordinary footage of the death camps. This includes some of the strongest real-life footage committed to screen.

Director André Singer bravely offers the horror in an unflinching way that succeeds in providing a glimpse at the terrible loss of life that went on inside the camps whilst providing a necessary contextual frame for us to view the images. Helena Bonham Carter’s sensitive narration is also expertly pitched to guide us through the experience.

Night Will Fall (2014), directed by André Singer, is released in UK cinemas by the BFI, Certificate 15.

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