After the War

After the War

10 Episodes

What happens when a war ends? For soldiers who return home from overseas, the fight is often far from finished. By turns candid, humane, surreal, and humorous, these explorations of the struggles that veterans face in rejoining society show the injuries, PTSD, and feelings of rootlessness, anger, and alienation that they must contend with. Though they may be set far from the explicit horrors of the front lines, these films—made in response to World War II (THE MEN, THE MAN IN THE GRAY FLANNEL SUIT), the Korean War (LILITH), and Vietnam (WELCOME HOME SOLDIER BOYS, THE LAST DETAIL)—are potent indictments of the ravages of war.

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After the War
  • After the War Teaser

    Episode 1

  • The Blue Dahlia

    Episode 2

    Directed by George Marshall • 1946 • United States
    Starring Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix

    This fast-paced and perfectly cast film noir reflects the grim wit of its Academy Award–nominated screenplay’s author, Raymond Chandler. Johnny Morrison (Alan Ladd) returns from World War II to f...

  • The Razor’s Edge

    Episode 3

    Directed by Edmund Goulding • 1946 • United States
    Starring Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne

    W. Somerset Maugham’s classic novel gets the plush, prestige production treatment courtesy of veteran director Edmund Goulding and an all-star cast led by Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Herbert Marsha...

  • The Men

    Episode 4

    Directed by Fred Zinnemann • 1950 • United States
    Starring Marlon Brando, Teresa Wright, Everett Sloane

    Marlon Brando made his big-screen debut with his magnetic performance as Ken Wilocek, a World War II veteran paralyzed in combat who sinks into a solitary world of hatred and hostility. Workin...

  • The Idiot

    Episode 5

    Directed by Akira Kurosawa • 1951 • Japan

    In post-World War II Japan, childlike veteran Kinji suffers from post-traumatic stress-induced seizures, and, after treatment at a mental health institution in Okinawa, he returns to his hometown. There he meets and becomes romantically caught up with tw...

  • The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

    Episode 6

    Directed by Nunnally Johnson • 1956 • United States
    Starring Gregory Peck, Jennifer Jones, Fredric March

    America’s postwar crisis of masculinity is explored in this deluxe adaptation of the best-selling novel by Sloan Wilson, the title of which became a kind of shorthand for 1950s corporate anon...

  • Lilith

    Episode 7

    Directed by Robert Rossen • 1964 • United States
    Starring Warren Beatty, Jean Seberg, Peter Fonda

    The final film directed by Robert Rossen (THE HUSTLER) is a fascinating anomaly: a psychodrama influenced by European art cinema and awash in a mood of otherworldly mystery. Upon returning to his sm...

  • Welcome Home, Soldier Boys

    Episode 8

    Directed by Richard Compton • 1971 • United States
    Starring Joe Don Baker, Paul Koslo, Alan Vint

    Four young men, trained to kill in Vietnam, bring their newfound skill back home in this explosive study of PTSD and Vietnam-era nihilism. After returning to Arkansas from the war, Danny (Joe Don Bak...

  • The Last Detail

    Episode 9

    Directed by Hal Ashby • 1973 • United States
    Starring Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid, Otis Young

    Jack Nicholson is at his very best in this acclaimed tragicomedy written by Robert Towne and directed by Hal Ashby. Two hard-boiled Navy petty officers, Buddusky (Nicholson) and Mulhall (Otis Young), ar...

  • Deathdream

    Episode 10

    Directed by Bob Clark • 1974 • Canada
    Starring Richard Backus, John Marley, Lynn Carlin

    In this shattering variation on “The Monkey’s Paw,” grief-stricken suburban parents Charles (John Marley) and Christine Brooks (Lynn Carlin) refuse to accept the news that their son, Andy (Richard Backus), ha...