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Canceled—Restoration: The Memphis Belle, Story of a Flying Fortress

Special Events: Spring 2020

  • Monday, May 25, 2020
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • In-person

As a precautionary measure in light of COVID-19, the Gallery has canceled this event. We hope to welcome you to the Gallery soon and thank you for your support.

Catherine Wyler in person

A production team supervised by American film director William Wyler filmed the classic documentary The Memphis Belle, Story of a Flying Fortress during the spring and summer of 1943 on the Eighth Air Force bases in the United Kingdom and on bombing missions over Europe. The film was edited in Hollywood and released in April 1944. Since its original theatrical run, copies of The Memphis Belle have deteriorated, thanks to laboratory scratches inflicted on the original footage. In 2018, Wyler's original 16 mm negative was found, digitally restored, and more than 500 individual shots were exactly repositioned over the existing soundtrack. This heralded a new kind of film restoration — a literal recutting from scratch, while preserving the content of the original. Catherine Wyler is the daughter of director William Wyler. (William Wyler, 1943 – 1944, 45 minutes)