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André Singer’s Night Will Fall

André Singer, Night Will Fall, 2014, digital video, color and black-and-white, sound, 79 minutes.

DOOMED BY SHIFTING POSTWAR social and political agendas, the never-completed documentary German Concentration Camps Factual Survey—launched in April 1945 by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force and shelved in September of that same year—might have been the key nonfiction film on the subject had it been finished and shown as originally planned, as required viewing for German prisoners of war. Shot by trained GI cameramen accompanying British, American, and Russian troops as they liberated the camps, it might even have served as the principal disclosure to the rest of the world of the hitherto unthinkable conditions these troops uncovered.

Produced by Sidney Bernstein—an old chum of Alfred Hitchcock’s who would later produce, uncredited, Hitchcock’s Rope (1948), Under Capricorn (1949), and I Confess (1953), and who persuaded the director to come to London

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