World War II documentary ‘The Cold Blue’ to be released in cinemas for one night only on 4 July 2019

In partnership with Fathom Events, CinEvents will release acclaimed filmmaker Erik Nelson’s brand-new World War II documentary, The Cold Blue, in UK and Irish cinemas for one night only on 4 July 2019, with encores in selected sites.

Chronicling the heroic struggles of the Eighth Air Force during World War II, who flew B-17 Bombers over Europe, the film features rediscovered and meticulously restored raw color footage found in the national archives from the 1944 documentary Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress, directed by the legendary filmmaker, William Wyler.

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 died in combat while filming – and the men of the Eighth Air Force, who flew mission after lethal mission during the Air War.

Erik Nelson comments:

“This project was a labour of love that has been three years in the making, from the discovery of William Wyler’s original footage to working closely with the National Archives to restore it frame by frame. We’re excited to finally share this special project with audiences and to celebrate the last of the best — the men who risked their lives to save the world 75 years ago.”

The film 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.

The immersive theatrical experience also includes an original orchestral score from celebrated musician and composer Richard Thompson (Grizzly Man), and sound design by David Hughes (Black Panther).

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