The Cold Blue is a new feature-length film, digitally restored, constructed from the material of 34 reels of raw, colour footage shot during bombing missions in Germany. Captured by William Wyler, one of Hollywood’s most renowned and versatile directors, and his cinematographers, it was originally shot for the 1944 documentary The Memphis Belle: A story of a Flying Fortress. Incredibly all the raw, colour footage was recently discovered, in 2016, deep in the vaults of the National Archives by Director / Producer Erik Nelson.
In 1943, Wyler went to Europe to document the Air War in progress during WWII for the creation of the classic 1944 documentary The Memphis Belle. Wyler captured footage of bombing missions over Europe whilst flying actual combat missions with B-17’s. During production, one of Wyler’s cameramen, Harold Tannenbaum, was lost along with his plane over France.
In the Summer of 2017 nine of the very few surviving B-17 pilot veterans from this mission were interviewed and their voices take us through the harrowing world that Wyler and his cameramen captured in that summer of 1943.
The Cold Blue is a meditation on youth, war and trauma, and stands as a tribute to one of the world’s great filmmakers along with the men of the 8th Air Force who flew mission after suicidal mission in the Second World War.
Duration: 120 mins