The Cold Blue / The Memphis Belle

2018 | USA | NR | 85 min.


State Theatre Wed, Aug 1, 2018 9:00 AM
Milliken at the Dennos Museum Thu, Aug 2, 2018 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
Release Year:2018
Runtime:85 min.
Premiere Status:Midwest Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Erik Nelson, William Wyler
Produced by:Erik Nelson
Peter Hankoff
Editing By:Paul Marengo


Shortly after America joined WWII, one of the greatest Hollywood filmmakers, William Wyler (Ben-Hur, Roman Holiday, Funny Girl), put his career on hold to join the army and make war documentaries. His 1944 effort The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress was described by no less than Steven Spielberg as “one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.” TCFF is tremendously excited to share the world premiere of a sparkling, just-completed 4K restoration of Memphis Belle paired with a new documentaryThe Cold Blue. Constructed from stunning, newly discovered color footage Wyler and his crew shot in the skies over Germany in 1943, The Cold Blue also includes penetrating narration from nine surviving veterans. This once-in-a-lifetime, breathtaking experience demands the big screen, and it will take you back through history as only great cinema truly can.

IN PERSON: Catherine Wyler (William Wyler’s daughter) and producer/director Erik Nelson.