The Cold Blue review: 'A moving and oddly beautiful experience'
In 1943, Hollywood director William Wyler made a documentary about US bomber crews called The Memphis Belle.
He and three cinematographers flew on missions with the 8th Air Force, experiencing dog fights and flak attacks with B-17 crews, and watching silently as bombs rained down on German factories, towns and cities.
It was a high risk business for all concerned: the 8th Air Force would lose more men during WW2 than the US Marines.
Erik Nelson’s documentary combines digitally restored footage that was hidden in a vault for decades with the disembodied memories of 8th Air Force veterans to create a moving and oddly beautiful experience.