Memorandum (film)

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Produced by John Kemeny
Written by Donald Brittain
Cinematography John Spotton
Edited by John Spotton
Release date
  • 25 September 1967 (1967-09-25) (New York Film Festival)
Running time
58 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Memorandum is a one-hour 1965 documentary co-directed by Donald Brittain and John Spotton, following Bernard Laufer, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, on an emotional pilgrimage back to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Produced by John Kemeny for the National Film Board of Canada, the film received several awards including a Golden Gate Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival.[1] Considered by many critics to be Brittain's finest work, the film’s title refers to Hitler’s memorandum about the “final solution.”[2]

A detailed analysis of the film's structure is available in Ken Dancyger's The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory and Practice.[3]


  1. ^ "Memorandum". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  2. ^ "Donald Brittain". Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Film Reference Library. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  3. ^ Dancyger, Ken (2002). "Analysis of documentary sequences: Memorandum". The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory and Practice (3rd ed.). Burlington, MA: Elsevier. pp. 302–314. ISBN 0-240-80420-1. 

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