During the 1940s, Carl Theodor Dreyer made a few informative social short films: Good Mothers (1942), Water From the Land (1946) and The Struggle Against Cancer (1947). The Struggle Against Cancer is a didactic short about following directions from the physician in cases of cancer before it’s too late (the morbid opening shows the fatal consequences of brushing off warning signs). Commissioned by The National Society for the Fight Against Cancer, the film is a fairly straightforward look at the perilous illness that remains entertaining and sneakily emotional.