Thursday, January 09, 2014

Alfred Hitchcock's unseen Holocaust documentary to be screened

I'm surprised I've never even heard of this. The Independent writes Alfred Hitchcock's unseen Holocaust documentary to be screened "It's a little known fact that the great director made a film about the Nazi death camps – but, horrified by the footage he saw, the documentary was never shown. Now it is to be released. Geoffrey Macnab reports."

Now, finally, the film is set to be seen in a version that Hitchcock, Bernstein and the other collaborators intended. The Imperial War Museum has painstakingly restored it using digital technology and has pieced together the extra material from the missing sixth reel. A new documentary, Night Will Fall, is also being made with André Singer, executive producer of The Actof Killing, as director and Stephen Frears as directorial advisor. Both the original film about the camps and the new documentary will be shown on British TV in early 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the 'liberation' of Europe. Before that, next year, they are due to be shown together at festivals and in cinemas."

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