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. –IMDb
Adventure in many forms is the theme of many of John Huston’s films. His characters are constantly searching for “the stuff that dreams are made of” (the famous closing-line of his debut film The Maltese Falcon). Huston glorified this chase despite its frequent disillusionment and false promise, since it represented a flight from the complacent virtues of ordinary life. Like Ernest Hemingway and Joseph Conrad, Huston regarded civilization as a false surface which thinly veiled a hostile nature. Only those who lived at the edge, on the margins of society were regarded by Huston as fellow travellers. In films as diverse as The Treasure of Sierra Madre, The Asphalt Jungle and Under the Volcano, Huston celebrated men who circled the abyss; characters who are driven to plunge head first into the void.
The son of the great theatre and film actor Walter Huston (who would win an Oscar under his son’s direction for his role in The Treasure of Sierra Madre) and crime journalist Rhea Gore… read more
This film is quite a harrowing watch n even though it displays a somewhat nationalistic sentimentality,d handling of d strong human element present in d film makes it impactful,heart-rending, n ultimately an endearing portrait of the human spirit ! John Huston's films are often imbued with a sense of loneliness n in this film loneliness reaches a crescendo and gradually starts fading as human hearts connect n d joy, d belief n d hope which emanates from dis mingling,acts as an antidote and helps the soldiers overcome d troubling memories of d years they lived in fear,loneliness n isolation ! A lonely life might await some of dem as they step out into a world recovering from the ravages of war, in order to begin anew but at least for d time being there's hope ! Some faces remain with you for quite some time after viewing this film !
1946: Applauds, I like movies that kick you in the balls. The score was littered through it and too dense. It's an hour of soldiers spit out of a war, bleary and on their heels – the music didn't knock the rights keys or blow the proper horns. Maybe it should have just been a desolate solo whistle of a tune that would trill and drone, maybe from a few brave clarinets & flutes. The score should haunt the audience!
Who knew Huston could be such a good doc maker? I watched this after seeing THE MASTER & hearing this was an influence on Phoenix's portrayal of a vet but I was more than impressed with this film despite it's artifices and government sterilized sentimentality. A certain amount of "it's heart is in the right place" rationalization comes out when thinking about this doc but its a well directed one.
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