RARA-AVIS: Let There Be Light

From: Juri Nummelin ( juri.nummelin@pp.inet.fi)
Date: 28 Jun 2005


"John Huston also directed Let There Be Light, a semi-documentary film made for the government about the effects of war on returning vets. Has anyone seen this film?"

I saw it seven or eight years ago. It's a very good documentary. As you may know, the officials turned the picture down (Huston says that as a three-star general left the viewing, all the others followed him and he was the only to see it through) and it was more widely seen only in the 1980s. The war-time documentaries by Huston, John Ford and William Wyler and others are more related to the social realism of the 1930s, but one might argue that Huston's pieces are somewhat noirish, especially
"The Battle of San Pietro" that is very gritty and not squeamish showing soldiers dying (not on screen, though). The officials didn't like that very much, either.

Try to catch these on video. John Ford's "Battle of Midway" and Wyler's "Memphis Belle" are also worth your while.

Juri http://pulpetti.blogspot.com

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