-MOVIE OF THE WEEK- Let There Be Light (1946)
War just like the subject of love, has seen countless adaptations and interpretations across all mediums throughout history. As much as it showcases humanity in its worst state, it is nonetheless a subject fascinated many. Some artists glorified, some criticized the act of war. Especially in the late 70s and early 80s we saw a massive influx of movies depicting the barbarism of the Vietnam War.
There is an anecdote, that every great filmmaker at least once in their career tackles the subject of war. So what is the best movie that tackles this hefty subject? Well, for my money it comes from an unusual place. During the period of WWII, John Huston, whom at the time was at the army, was commissioned by the U.S. Army Signal Corps to make documentaries about the war. They were supposed to be propaganda films to enlist more recruits. However, the third and final part, Let There Be Light, did something different. Unlike the previous two, which was showcasing the battlefields, the last one showed the effects of the war. The documentary follows a group of soldiers on their journey of recovery from all the psychological trauma they have received. It showed the real face of war and what it has done to those whom wanted to protect their homeland. Unsurprisingly, the Signal Corps tried to ban it as it did not fit with their agenda and the movie did not see the light of day until 1980s when the ban was lifted. It is a seminal piece of documentary filmmaking that is still relevant today