The Cold Blue

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They Flew. They Fought. They Died. They Won. THE COLD BLUE is a meditation on youth, war and trauma, and stands as a tribute to one of the world's great filmmakers and the men of the 8th Air Force who flew mission after suicidal mission in the Second World War. Nine of the very few surviving veterans were interviewed in the summer of 2017, and their voices take us through the harrowing summer of 1943. William Wyler, one of Hollywood's most renowned and versatile directors, went to Europe to document the Air War in progress. Wyler flew actual combat missions with B-17's -- and one his three cinematographers was killed during filming. Incredibly, all of the raw color footage Wyler shot for THE MEMPHIS BELLE was recently discovered deep in the vaults of the National Archives, and a new film has been constructed out of the material. This event includes an exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of THE COLD BLUE.


Critic Reviews for The Cold Blue

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

  • 'The Cold Blue' gives a real sense of what it was like to be strapped into one of these jolting, juddering, bomb-filled crates. They were called the greatest generation for a reason.

    Jul 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • There is a succession of poignant images: very often of that piercingly blue sky - the hostile "cold blue" - in which the Memphis Belle and the other B-17s flew their missions.

    Jun 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Fine tribute film to a Wyler semi-classic and the men of the Eighth Air Force.

    Jun 5, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Verne Gay

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  • The film portrays the daily existence of the young men of the Eighth Air Force, whose experiences flying impossibly exhausting and terrifying daily bombing missions come alive via the recollections of nine surviving veterans.

    May 31, 2019 | Full Review…
  • How great that these inspiring and poignant patriots are still around to tell their tales - and that Nelson had the foresight and skill to create such an exceptional tribute to them.

    May 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An important companion piece to Wyler's classic and a powerful stand-alone film.

    Oct 10, 2018 | Full Review…

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