Tuesday 16 July 2019

The Cold Blue review: 'A moving and oddly beautiful experience'

4 stars

The Cold Blue
The Cold Blue
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

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.

(12A, 101mins)

Irish Independent

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