Cinema: Wheels Up!

MEMPHIS BELLE

Directed by Michael Caton-Jones

Screenplay by Monte Merrick

There was a historic Memphis Belle, one of the armada of B-17s that bravely, and at terrible cost to both sides, failed to bomb Germany into submission during World War II. There was, as well, a previous movie that took its title from that plane: a documentary about its last mission, which director William Wyler made for the government in 1944. Despite the propaganda imperatives imposed on it, his film was rightly praised for its realistic portrayal of war in the air.

Wyler's daughter Catherine is a producer and the chief...

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