Night and Fog is, in effect, an anti-documentary; we cannot “document” this particular reality, it is too heinous, we would be defeated in advance. What can we do, then? Resnais and Cayrol’s answer is: we can reflect, ask questions, examine the record, and interrogate our own responses. In short, offer up an essay. Moreover, by chossing to compress such enormous subject matter into only a half hour . . . the filmmakers force themselves into the pigrammatic concision and synthesis of essayistic reflection.
Later, some response.