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Holocaust films essay 1 - V Night and Fog The truth or...

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V. Night and Fog The truth or reality of the Holocaust is projected in the 1955 documentary by Alain Resnais entitled Night and Fog . Although the reality of the Holocaust is the subject of this film, the account is more than a series of depictions of events to present facts in order to educate, and have the viewer share in this reality. The intent by Resnais is to elicit an emotional response to the events, in such a way as to raise social consciousness and bring about change. As Sandy Flitterman-Lewis states in “Documenting the Ineffable” about this film, Night and Fog becomes not only a powerful document of the past, but a film about ‘forgetting and not forgetting’” (205). The specific events must be recognized, but forgotten, in order to see the future. Since the atrocities are so numerous and horrible, it would be difficult to view if we were not given the opportunity to learn and do something about it. “It turns documentary evidence into living history and social action” (Flitterman-Lewis 205). The film uses newsreels and
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