The Battle of San Pietro (1945)
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John Huston probably captured the true cost of War in his WWII films more than the other filmmakers recruited for propaganda at the time. With "Let There Be Light" he showcased the mental strain soldiers got under the pressure of war, with this he shows a specific battle and the death that came with it. It feels more real than Capra's "Why We Fight" series, because it isn't as sanitized. A good document of the cost of that war from a contemporary source.
An early and unflinching war documentary on a minor but bloody battle fought in Italy in 1943. The realism is balanced with a deserved sense of hope.
I couldn't understand the narration, the audio quality on my VHS copy bought used from a library was not great, but that's what I get for not noticing this is in the National Film Archive or something for free anyway. The picture quality remained intact, though, and the visuals are astounding.
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