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Night and Fog

France, 1955 (MIFF 1966, Programme 35)

Director: Alain Resnais

Resnais has built up his film on a counterpoint of present and past; the horrors of yesterday, shown in black and white, are interspersed with the remains of Auschwitz, filmed in colour.

The title evokes the mood of the film - a form of meditation, calm, considered, unhysterical and un-rhetorical.

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