André Singer and the Hitchcock’s lost documentary

Recovered from the British archives and integrated with the testimonies of the protagonists of that time, the shoots made by British soldiers after the liberation of the Nazi camps call to the wide audience. To remind the younger generations of the moral significance of the war

«What I wanted to do with this film was not much to show the atrocities of the Holocaust to the new generations seventy years later, because I believe that now we are all well-aware, but rather the ethical confusion that reigned in the society after the war, to the point that political interests prevailed on the moral necessity to reveal what happened to everybody».

André Singer, anthropologist and multi-awarded filmmaker, guest at the Oscar Pomilio Forum on March 8, in a dense interview explained the reasons that persuaded him to direct the documentary Night Will Fall, broadcast throughout Europe during the last International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust and dedicated to a little-known episode in recent history.

Indeed, the film reconstructs the events in 1946 that led the British government to firstly support and then set aside the production of a documentary on the Nazi horror, using the numerous shoots made by its soldiers during the liberation of the concentration camps. Terrible images, that shocked  profoundly even Alfred Hitchcock, involved in the project, and which are now brought to the wide audience attention, along with some poignant interviews with the protagonists of that time.

«When you have to face this kind of trauma, the temptation to stop is strong - explained Singer - But if we want to teach young people the value of memory, it becomes important to see how so long repressed feelings and memories are still strong as then, it’s a matter of experiences that cannot be forgotten, because they remain with you forever».



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