Director: Alain Resnais

Released 10 years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, Night and Fog is a documentary about the impossibility of documentation. At a lean 32 minutes, it is one of the most profound meditations on the Holocaust, and documentary filmmaking as well.

Alain Resnais, the director of the masterpiece Hiroshima, Mon Amour, moves his camera across the landscape of the death camps in 1955 and incorporates footage and stills from when the camps were active. And the conclusion he comes to is that it is impossible to capture what happened there. Knowledge collapses in the face it. —RS