Let there be light (1946)

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Let there be light

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Title Let there be light
Year of production 1946
Country of production États-Unis
Director(s) John Huston
Duration 58 minutes
Format Parlant - Noir et blanc - 35 mm
Original language(s) English
Subtitles and transcription English
Archive holder(s) United States National Library of Medicine
Warning: this record has not been reviewed yet and may be incomplete or inaccurate.

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Ce film fait partie d'un vaste corpus de films consacrés aux troubles psychologiques et psychiatriques des soldats tournés par la Navy ou d'autres divisions de l'armée américaine dans les années 1940 et 1950.

Ce corpus comprend :
Combat Exhaustion (1943)
Introduction To Combat Fatigue (1944)
The Inside Story (1944)
The_N.P._Patient (1944)
Combat Fatigue Irritability (1945)
Insomnia (1945)
Assignment Home (1945)
Combat Fatigue Psychosomatic Disorders (1946)
Shades of grey (1948)
Combat Psychiatry - The Battalion Medical Officer (1954)

Combat Psychiatry - The Division Psychiatrist (1954)

Structuring elements of the film

  • Reporting footage  : Yes.
  • Set footage  : No.
  • Archival footage  : No.
  • Animated sequences  : No.
  • Intertitles  : Yes.
  • Host  : No.
  • Voice-over  : Yes.
  • Interview  : No.
  • Music and sound effects : Yes.
  • Images featured in other films : No.

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Broadcasting and reception

Where is the film screened?

Il n'a jamais été diffusé car il a été censuré par l'armée.

Presentations and events associated with the film

Ce film a fait partie de la sélection Un certain regard du Festival de Cannes en 1981.



Local, national, or international audience




Supplementary notes

Musique : Dimitri Tiomkins

Photo : Stanley Cortez

Voix off : Walter Huston (père de John Huston)

References and external documents

C. A. Morgan III, From Let there be light to Shades of Grey: the construction of authoritative knowledge about combat fatigue (1945-1948) in Signs of life, Cinema and Medicine, edited by Graeme Harper and Andrew Moor, Wallflower Press, London and New York, 2005.

Lowy Vincent & Cantor David, Conversion Narratives, Health Films, and Hollywood Filmmakers of the 1930s and 1940s in Health Education Films in the Twentieth Century, edited by Christian Bonah, David Cantor and Anja Laukötter, University of Rochester Press, Rochester, 2018.


  • Record written by : Élisabeth Fuchs