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Aro Recommended WWII - The John Huston Documents


aka: Let There Be Light; The Battle of San Pietro
USA 1943-1947, 100 minutes
Dir. John Huston
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Documentary, Classics / War


Aroview: Two legendary war documentaries from John Huston (THE MALTESE FALCON) who participated in WWII as a combat filmmaker yet whose films are the antithesis of wartime propaganda.

The Battle of San Pietro' (1943) - Oscar-winning documentary concerns the taking of the strategically-important Italian town from Axis forces by the American infantry. Almost unique in capturing a sense of the actual combat conditions which soldiers faced in the grueling Italian campaign.

'Let There Be Light' (1947) - A powerful look at the aftermath of war for the 'psychological casualties' - those so severely traumatised by their experiences they cannot return to society. Banned for several decades by the US Government, which attests to its disturbing power.

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