Night Will Fall review – sober, thoughtful documentary

André Singer has produced a worthy companion piece to Sidney Bernstein’s 1945 footage of the German concentration camps

“My instructions were to film everything which would prove one day that this actually happened.” Producer Sidney Bernstein’s 1945 documentary German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (on which Hitchcock played a key creative role) remained unfinished until a recent Imperial War Museums reconstruction, which will screen at the London film festival next month.

This impressively sober, thoughtful documentary serves as a contextualising companion piece, juxtaposing horrifying raw footage with interviews with those who first viewed these appalling, devastating images. Editor John Krish recalls watching four hours of Dachau footage in negative; US sergeant Benjamin Ferencz says: “I had peered into hell.” Crucially, director André Singer also investigates the original suppression of Bernstein’s film, which became “a political inconvenience”.


Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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