Film Analysis: Night And Fog

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Night and Fog, a short war documentary filmed ten years after world war two, was directed by Alain Resnais opened up with depicting the heavily guarded landscapes surrounding the concentration camps in color. While some scenes were portrayed in color, the majority of the film was depicted in black and white. This film was narrated in French by Michel Bouquet. Displaying Nazi terrorism, this film was proven to be disturbing among many audiences. The Nazi’s dehumanized the members of the concentration camps as shown in the scenes where they are huddled up naked, shaved, tattooed, and numbered. The inmates are forced to wear blue-striped uniforms and are classified as “Nacht und Nebel,” which means Night and Fog in English. Many useless operations, …show more content…
This was Chaplin’s first talking film. Chaplin poked fun at Hitler, and at the time this was considered to be sensitive to many viewers. Unlike most of his films, this one was an all sound picture, however there were still many acts of physical comedy. Some critics only prefer Chaplin’s physical comedy, however in my opinion every form of comedy from Chaplin is amazing. The beginning of this film shows Chaplin as a barber who is not familiar with the new rules of dictator Hynkel as seen when returning to his barbershop. However since he saved one of Hynkel’s top men, he gets a pass to be left alone. However, since Hynkel commands all jews to be put in a concentration camp, Chaplin ends up thrown in as well. He ends up escaping and is later mistaken for Hynkel because of the close resemblance. Paulette Goddard and Charlie Chaplin had a strong connection for filmmaking as seen in the barbershop scene where Chaplin is asked to give Hannah a makeover. The most powerful scene I’ve seen in a film from Chaplin was the speech he gave addressing the world. To conclude the film he begins his speech with not wanting to be an emperor. This speech would become one of the most famous ones in film history. The speech was given by himself and not his character. The monologue was relatable and still applies to society today. Despite being categorized as a comedy, this Chaplin talkie was not …show more content…
From the scenes on the ship, there was fast paced activity. The director Sergei Eisenstein does a fantastic job making it clear to the audience of how cruel the troops were. For instance, we see someone stepping on a child carelessly. The child’s mother finds him and picks him up and approaches the troops, to seek sympathy from the troops, however she ends up shot and killed. Sergei did a terrific job in gathering an emotion out of the audience.
Screening: Triumph of the Will
Directed by Leni Riefenstahl, this war documentary was aimed to show the good side of Hitler. From the segment I was shown, this documentary began by showing nazi domination by portraying nazi flags around the city. Hitler’s men were seen unified together by laughing, even helping clean each others backs. Riefenstahl did a magnificent job showing the beautiful photographs of the city. Her camera work was my only favorite part of this film, especially the overhead view of the tents.


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