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Let There Be Light (1946)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 16 December 1980 (USA)
A group of mentally traumatized veteran patients is followed as they go through psychiatric treatment.

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John Huston

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John Huston
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Walter Huston ... Narrator (uncredited)
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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

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Documentary | War

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

E la luce fu See more »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Unnamed Soldier: I believe, in your profession, it's called 'Nostalgia'.
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References Duffy's Tavern (1945) See more »

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glad to find this film at last - it's been haunting me
28 December 2003 | by kickpixSee all my reviews

I saw this film years ago and couldn't remember what it was called so I'm glad to find it on the net at last. Some of the comments posted on this site critically analyse this amazing film applying 21st century wisdom to it and it's production. It is what it is. Most of these boys (the patients) had hardly seen a box-brownie let alone a director and film camera. Their responses are gut wrenching, awkward and the soldiers are - what would now seem - abruptly dealt with. Yet the psychiatrists show these returning soldiers the way forward. Slowly the patients gain enough mental footholds to rejoin post-war society. Just watching it will make you a better person.


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