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Night Will Fall on Nazi atrocities to be aired on HBO

tv Updated: Jan 26, 2015 14:48 IST
Gautaman Bhaskaran
Gautaman Bhaskaran
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Andre Singer's Night Will Fall is all set to debut on HBO on Monday - January 26. Narrating the horrific story of what happened in the Nazi concentration camps during World War II, the documentary includes hundreds of thousands of hours of footage shot by Alfred Hitchcock.

But Night Will Fall remained in the shadows for all of these 70 years, because as Singer told Variety: "In a way, there was no excuse for the material not to be used as it was intended. But after the victory in Europe, the Allies faced a new enemy, the Soviet Union, and the concern was that 'perhaps it was not a good time' to show such footage when the US and Britain wanted to bolster western Germany."

The film - which has chilling images of Nazi barbarism - was an Allied project to counter claims that the Holocaust had never taken place!

It was meant to show Germans what actually happened to them during the Nazi rule.

Sidney Bernstein - who was the producer - enlisted Hitchcock for inputs, which consisted of lengthy single-take shots that panned across the landscape from villages to the camps. Maps showed how close these camps were to cities and towns and villages. Yet, the people remained oblivious of the dastardly things that were taking place in the camps. Or, did they choose to look the other way?

Later, Hitchcock would use the long one-take-shot concept in Rope.

"I don't think there was a conspiracy to suppress the movie," Singer says. "It was just the time was wrong and things were changing so fast in Europe at that time."

Well, the time has finally arrived for the documentary to be seen by the world.

The show will be telecast on HBO