Let There Be Light – 1946

ZenosWarbirds The quality of the copy of this important film by John Huston currently on YouTube isn’t very good, so I found a better one and tweaked it with digital image and sound processing. For the first time, Huston explored the diagnosis and treatment of what used to be called “battle fatigue” or “shell shock” among returning servicemen. This condition is now know as PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder. “Let There Be Light” wasn’t released to the public for 30 years for obvious reasons, but it’s a story that must be told because it’s still highly relevant to our times. Zeno, Zeno’s Warbird Videos http://zenoswarbirdvideos.com From the IMDB: “The final entry in a trilogy of films produced for the U.S. government by John Huston. This documentary film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and depression. A series of scenes chronicle their entry into a psychiatric hospital, their treatment and eventual recovery.” Don’t blame me if there is a popup ad at the beginning this film — blame YouTube!

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  1. I remember being a young child and my Uncle returning from WWII from a hospital, after being on a ship that was blown up.
    The nightmare and the screams that filled my bedroom. The Horror of War that filled me as a Child and to witness first hand a man that appears whole and sound yet carries the scares of a mental hell.

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