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Let There Be Light (1946)

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The final entry in a trilogy of films produced for the U.S. government by John Huston. This documentary film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and ... See full summary »

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The final entry in a trilogy of films produced for the U.S. government by John Huston. This documentary film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and depression. A series of scenes chronicle their entry into a psychiatric hospital, their treatment and eventual recovery. Written by Kieran Kenney

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16 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Es werde Licht!  »

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A controversial work at the time, this film was suppressed by the United States government for over thirty years after it was produced. See more »

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Unnamed Soldier: I'm very much in love with my sweetheart. She has been the one person that gave me a sense of importance in that through her cooperation with me, we were able to surmount so many obstacles.
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Just astounding...a big thanks to National Film Preservation Foundation for this insight into War Trauma
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All these years we saw through film and newsreels at how heroic our soldiers were during WWII. We never got to see what some dealt with like we see today. Back then they were super human and all bullet proof. Turns out the issues we well know today, were relevant far before these days. This film will show with great clarity what "PTSD" or shell shock can do to a human mind.

In this, you get to see real issues of having to deal with being thrown into a human horror show all the while coming from a normal background and living a basic ordinary life. These guys were just living normal lives like most do but when war calls, things can happen to the mind for some. With this film, you'll see what the realities of war can do to a seemingly normal man.

Most days in the news we get to hear about the issue of PTSD in wars that were/are quite recent. Seeing this you'll know, how long this issue has gone on.

Not enough thanks can be given to National Film Preservation Foundation for saving and restoring this must see on how war can affect...the soul.


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