The Cold Blue, a World War II documentary film, was constructed using recently discovered in the National Archives vaults and meticulously restored raw color footage from the WWII-era documentary Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress, directed by the legendary director William Wyler, who flew actual combat missions with B-17’s, and filmed aboard B17s during combat air missions. From over 34 newly discovered reels, containing over 150 hours of raw footage, this new documentary film The Cold Blue has been created.
A meditation on youth, war and trauma, The Cold Blue is a tribute to one of the world’s greatest filmmakers, his cameraman Harold Tannenbaum – who perished in combat while filming – and the men of the Eighth Air Force, who flew mission after lethal mission during the Air War.
The Cold Blue features interviews with nine of these surviving veterans, whose voices narrate the harrowing world that Wyler and his cameramen captured in the summer of 1943.
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HBO has picked up The Cold Blue, however for those interested to watch The Cold Blue, Fathom Events will exclusively premiere The Cold Blue in cinemas across the globe on Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. local time. ONE DAY ONLY!
The Cold Blue will premiere on HBO on June 6 at 2000 HOURS!
Tickets for U.S. screenings can be purchased beginning April 5 at www.FathomEvents.com and participating theater box offices.
The Cold Blue is a production of Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Creative Differences; produced by Peter Hankoff; executive produced by Paul G. Allen, Carole Tomko, Rocky Collins, Catherine Wyler, Clark Bunting and Dave Harding; directed and produced by Erik Nelson.