“Night Will Fall” is not just another film documenting Nazi atrocities. It is also an anger-inducing reminder of how little the Allies did after the war to help the victims.
The film debuts January 26 on HBO, and will be rebroadcast January 27 on networks around the world to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
At its heart, “Night Will Fall” is a “making of” documentary, but it is about the making of a film that wasn’t completed until almost two decades after it was shot. In April 1945, combat cameramen were assigned to accompany British troops about to enter the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp.
Sidney Bernstein, a film producer and founder of both the Granada Group and Granada Television, was head of England’s Film Psychological Warfare unit and wanted to document the atrocities. He said he wanted to “film everything, which would prove one day that this actually happened… because I guessed right. People would deny this ever happened.”
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