The Cold Blue

In 1943, at the height of the bombing war, a film director named William Wyler took a team to England. They were capturing footage for a documentary on the Memphis Belle, one of the first B-17 to complete enough missions for the crew to come home.

The extra footage, including footage filmed on bases in England and on bombing missions over Germany, was sent to the National Archive and forgotten. It was found 70 years later.

Completely restored in a digital frame by frame effort and rendered in 4K, the footage was used to create a new documentary. Surviving pilots and crew in their 90s are interviewed and provide commentary and voice over.

The mix of their memories and the vivid footage that looks like it was recorded create a historical documentary that immerses the viewer in a different time and place.

HBO has it. Clips and trailer can be found on YouTube.

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Loss

800 years of history was lost yesterday. Something may eventually be built on the site but what is gone is irreplaceable.

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

 His name is Eric Schmitt-Matzen and he has played a Santa Claus, 80 venues a year, for a long time. He’s professionally trained, Natural beard, custom suit, lots of experience.

None of it prepared him to be Santa for real.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love
and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and
give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be
the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if
there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no
poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. –From the New York Sun, 1897