Let there be light (1946)

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Let there be light

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) National Library of Medicine
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Structuring elements of the film

  • Reporting images  : Yes.
  • Studio pictures  : No.
  • Archive footage  : No.
  • Animation sequences  : No.
  • Inter-titles  : Yes.
  • Animator  : 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.

Communications and events associated with the movie

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



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Free-form description


Notes complémentaires

Musique : Dimitri Tiomkins

Photo : Stanley Cortez

Voix off : Walter Huston (père de John Huston)

Références et documents externes

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.


  • Auteurs de la fiche : Élisabeth Fuchs