7.6/10
1,172
21 user 14 critic

Let There Be Light (1946)

A group of mentally traumatized veteran patients is followed as they go through psychiatric treatment.

Director:

John Huston

Writer:

John Huston
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Documentary made by the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Directors: Frank Capra, Hugh Stewart, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Leo Genn, Burgess Meredith, Bernard Miles
San Pietro (1945)
Documentary | Short | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Director John Huston documents the Battle of San Pietro Infine in December 1943.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Mark W. Clark, John Huston
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A cinematic record of US military operations on the Aleutian Island of Adak to retake Japanese occupied Kiska.

Director: John Huston
Stars: John Huston, Walter Huston, Milton Ashkin
Documentary | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Documentary focusing on the contributions to the American war effort of African-American soldiers.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Gertrude Elise Ayer, Richard Barthe, Erich Borchmeyer
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A documentary on the 25th bombing mission of the Memphis Belle, a B-17 in the US 8th Air Force.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Stanley Wray, Robert Morgan, James A. Verinis
Thunderbolt (1947)
Documentary | Short | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A WW2 documentary on the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter/bomber pilots in missions (Operation Strangle) from their base in Corsica to Northern Italy in 1944, destroying railroads, bridges, trains, vehicles and hard targets.

Directors: John Sturges, William Wyler
Stars: James Stewart, Lloyd Bridges, Eugene Kern
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Stars: Walter Huston, Victor Bulwer-Lytton, Kai-Shek Chiang
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Documentary revealing the nature and process of the fight between the Soviet Union and Germany in the Second World War.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak
Stars: Anthony Veiller, Ion Antonescu, Nikolay Cherkasov
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A comprehensive look at the war in the Pacific during World War II. Shot as a propaganda film by acclaimed Hollywood director Frank Capra

Directors: Frank Capra, Joris Ivens
Stars: John Beal, Howard Duff, Walter Huston
Documentary | Short | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, Logan Ramsey
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The wartime contributions of five prominent Hollywood film directors during World War II are profiled.

Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass
Adventure | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

1932. The tyrannical and despotic government of President Machado has headed Cuba for seven years. The latest measure of that tyranny is the outlawing of public gatherings of more than four... See full summary »

Director: John Huston
Stars: Jennifer Jones, John Garfield, Pedro Armendáriz
Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
Walter Huston ... Narrator (uncredited)
Edit

Storyline

A documentary, filmed shortly after the end of WW2, shot entirely in a US Army psychiatric hospital. Candidly shot, the film shows the mental casualties of war - soldiers with PTSD and other neurological issues: their symptoms, how they cope and, if they're lucky, how they are cured. Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

E la luce fu See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Additional title screen - "The United States Army Presents PMF 5019 (War Office seal) MCMXLVIII (1948)". The PMF stands for "Professional Medical Film" and was part of a series produced by the U.S. Army on various topics of military medicine from the late 1940's through the 1960's. See more »

Quotes

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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Five Came Back: The Price of Victory (2017) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Compelling and uplifting documentary, beautifully photographed.
24 April 2003 | by opsbooksSee all my reviews

Demobbed solders with mental problems are admitted to a hospital; the camera films them from their induction through to their eventual 'cure' and final departure back into mainstream America. This compelling and uplifting documentary, beautifully photographed, was banned for over 30 years. The US war department in its wisdom apparently insisted that the content be translated into a feature film, the name of which escapes me. Whether or not the events before the camera were staged or not, there can be no doubt as to the integrity of director John Huston in letting the characters 'write' their story. Although rarely seen, this documentary is well covered in a 1990s documentary, JOHN HUSTON: WAR STORIES.


15 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed