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Among the major Hollywood directors who went to war in the ’40s was German-born William Wyler, who’s best-known for “women’s pictures” like Wuthering Heights and Mrs. Miniver. Wyler flew five missions over his former homeland with the crew of a B-17 bomber, getting wounded and damaging his hearing in the process. The result was The Memphis Belle, a 45-minute film—one of the few WWII documentaries in color—about the plane’s final mission. Yes, the movie was the source of a fictionalized 1990 drama, but don’t worry—this one doesn’t have Harry Connick Jr. in it. The Memphis Belle screens at noon at the National Archives Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. (202) 501-5000. (Mark Jenkins)