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“Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen”
A New York Times Critics Pick
A feature documentary
Written & Directed by John Mulholland
Narrated by Sam Waterston
Produced by Richard Zampella & Shannon Mulholland
ERNEST HEMINGWAY: Writer, war correspondent, international adventurer, lover, drinker, brawler. The tabloid reputation — filled with truths, half-truths and flat-out untruths — grows ever wider. If you made up a character like Ernest Hemingway, how many would believe it? The mercurial Hemingway left people enchanted, hostile, endeared, confused, charmed, bruised, engaged, bitter. He was an extraordinary, unforgettable presence. As more than one person remarked: “Hemingway sucked the air out of a room.”
Though Hemingway’s extraordinary life and career has been exhaustively covered, less thoroughly examined has been his fascinating friendship with another American legend, film icon Gary Cooper.
On paper, it might seem impossible that the 20th century’s best-known writer and the tight-lipped, all-American “common man” would develop such a close friendship. The cowboy and the suburbanite. The conservative and the liberal. Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper were complete opposites and yet the best of friends for over 20 years, right up to their deaths a mere seven weeks apart in 1961.
Narrated by Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston (Law & Order, The Killing Fields), COOPER AND HEMINGWAY: THE TRUE GEN offers an unprecedented look at the bond between two of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. Featuring interviews with legendary actors, historians and members of the Hemingway family, including:
- KIRK DOUGLAS (Spartacus, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea). One of the American Film Institute’s Greatest Screen Legends in American History
- CHARLTON HESTON, Academy Award Winner, Best Actor (Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments, Touch of Evil)
- ROBERT OSBORNE, film historian and actor. Host, Turner Classic Movies
- GEORGE PLIMPTON, American Journalist and Founder, The Paris Review
- PATRICIA NEAL, Academy Award Winner, Best Actress (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Day the Earth Stood Still)