Films at the National Archives in September
Press Release · Wednesday, July 25, 2001

Washington, DC

In September the National Archives and Records Administration presents film screenings relating to Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, and the post-war psychological healing of World War II soldiers.
The screenings will be held in Room 105 of the National Archives Building, Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, and in the auditorium at the National Archives at College Park, located at 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD unless otherwise noted. All programs are free and open to the public. Free parking is available at the National Archives at College Park. The times and dates may be verified by calling the National Archives public events line at (201) 501-5000. The hearing impaired should call TDD (202) 501-5404 for information. Washington, DC Films

Friday, September 7-The 1950s
*An American Ism: Joe McCarthy, released in 1978, examines the making of America's most notorious demagogue, Senator Joseph R. McCarthy. McCarthy became one of the most feared and powerful politicians of the 20th century when he exploited the "anti-communist" delirium and fear that blanketed post-World War II America. McCarthy's life story and his unlikely rise to power is told by friends, victims, and politicians. A film by Glenn Silber. (84 minutes.) Noon. Room 105. Reservations are recommended; call 202-501-5040, ext. 296.

Friday, September 21-Post-World War II
*Let There Be Light, released in 1946. While serving in the U.S. Army, Hollywood filmmaker John Huston directed this intelligent, compassionate look at the rehabilitation of returning soldiers suffering from psychosomatic disabilities. Huston brought a team of Signal Corps cameramen to Mason General Hospital on Long Island, NY, and their cameras became the impartial observers of the intensely personal moments of self-revelation that are vital to the process of psychological healing. Produced by the Army Pictorial Service, Signal Corps, U.S. War Department. (58 minutes.) Noon. Room 105. Reservations are recommended; call 202-501-5040, ext. 296. College Park, MD Films (For descriptions of the College Park films, see previous listings)

Monday, September 10 *An American Ism: Joe McCarthy (84 minutes.) Noon. Auditorium.

Monday, September 24 *Let There Be Light (58 minutes.) Noon. Auditorium.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or by e-mail. To verify the date and times of the programs, the public should call the Public Events Line at: 202-501-5000, or view the Calendar of Events on the web at:


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