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“Night and Fog” director Alain Resnais dies at 91

Alain Resnais (pictured), the French director of the iconic Holocaust documentary Night and Fog, passed away at the age of 91 on Saturday (March 1).
March 3, 2014

Alain Resnais, the French avant-garde director of Holocaust documentary Night and Fog, died at the age of 91 on Saturday (March 1).

Born in 1922 in Vannes, France, Resnais made a number of arthouse documentary shorts such as Visite à Oscar Dominguez (1947) and Malfray (1948) early in his career before his breakthrough 32-minute documentary Night and Fog (1955). The film explores the history of the Nazi death camps in Germany, and is touted by some as one of the most seminal films on the Holocaust alongside Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah.

Resnais also achieved great success with narrative features such as the Oscar-nominated films Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) and Last Year at Marienbad (1961). Most recently, he directed his 50th film, You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet, and last month premiered his latest offering, Life of Riley, at the Berlin Film Festival.

The director, who passed away in Paris, is survived by his second wife Sabine Azéma.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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