Cinema: The Disasters of Modern War

LET THERE BE LIGHT Directed and Written by John Huston

When "the best and the brightest" went to war against the Axis, there was no ambiguity attached to the phrase.

Many of the best fueled the American war machine with their guts and lives. Some of the brightest designed the strategy that won the war and the Bomb that ended it.

And a few heroes—John Ford, George Stevens, William Wyler, most especially John Huston—emerged from the klieg lights of Hollywood fantasy into the strobe lights of enemy strafing to record the war as artist-combatants. Ford,...

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