Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen

Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen

Sam Waterson narrates COOPER & HEMINGWAY: THE TRUE GEN, a film by John Mulholland. Image courtesy Transmultimedia Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen

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Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen (2013)

Opened: 10/11/2013 Limited

Quad Cinema/NYC10/11/2013 - 10/17/20137 days
Playhouse 712/06/2013 - 12/12/20137 days

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated

A feature documentary narrated by Sam Waterston.


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With never seen before photos and footage (in HD) from the Gary Cooper estate and JFK Library in Boston, COOPER AND HEMINGWAY THE TRUE GEN looks back at the fascinating and unlikely friendship of Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper. From 1940, when they first met, until their untimely deaths a mere seven weeks apart in 1961, Cooper and Hemingway connected, collided, clashed, and reconnected in Idaho, New York, Cuba and Paris. Seen against the panorama of a turbulent American Century, COOPER AND HEMINGWAY is more than the story of a unique friendship; it is an exposition of the changing ideals of what defines a hero, what acts can be called courageous and what defines the sometimes fragile ideal of masculinity.

Narrated by Sam Waterston with on camera Interviews including: Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Charleton Heston, ,Richard Schickel, George Plimpton, Jim Harrison, C.Z. Guest, Patrick Hemingway', Peter Duchin.


On paper, the friendship between these two celebrated American icons would seem to have been impossible. But Coop and "papa" became the best of friends, right up until their deaths several weeks apart in 1961.

Today, 50 years after their deaths, the intriguing and at times contentious friends which roamed from Idaho and New York to Cuba and Paris -- resonates on fascinating and diverse levels. And as the the extraordinary popularity of "Saving Private Ryan" proved. Americans are fond of looking back to another time to understand what real heroism is, to come to grips with what courage means.

Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper dealts with this very subject. as no one had before, as has since Hemingway's fiction and Cooper's persona was not about masculinity as a one note, smash mouth force of nature; rather, it was about the self-respect that comes from comporting oneself with courage In the impossible circumstances.

But COOPER AND HEMINGWAY THE TRUE GEN Is far more than just a study of two extraordinary men.

It is also a study of America in this century. For their internationally renowned careers were played out over the same five turbulent decades. For 35 years. through the hedonistic 20s ... the grim Depression of the 30s... the war-ravaged 40s ... and the deceptively slumbering 50s, their public and private Lives connected, parted, reconnected, intertwined, over-lapped and collided.

... Smack Into the erupting 60s ... a decade which challenged many of the very ideals and precepts which both men so prominently represented. Their torch was passed to a generation with new ideas about masculinity and heroism.

And yet, with the popularity of "Saving Private Ryan* on film and Stephen Ambrose's Citizen Soldiers sad Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation" on the page -- and all that their popularity says about a new look at heroism and masculinity - perhaps Cooper and Hemingway hadn't so much passed the torch, as merely lent it.

About the Filmmakers

John Mulholland (Writer/Director)

John Mulholland wrote and directed Cooper & Hemingway: the True Gen, a documentary exploring the friendship of two-time Academy Award-winning actor Gary Cooper and Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway, narrated by Sam Waterston.

Mulholland also wrote and directed both: Inside High Noon (narrated by Frank Langella), on the behind-the-scenes controversy during the filming of High Noon; and Of God & Country: Sergeant York (narrated by Liam Neeson). Among his other documentaries: On MacBeth, Eastern European Composers, Charles Dickens and 'A Christmas Carol. Liza Minnelli on Meet Me in St Louis, Reflections on Gaslight, and As Time Goes By: The Children Remember on Casablanca.

John Mulholland is also a popular speaker on a wide variety of subjects and has given lectures and talks on Classic Hollywood, Gary Cooper and Ernest Hemingway, across the United States. He is also hosted the online program ICONS RADIO HOUR. Added to his portfolio are several articles, chronicles, and bios for major newspapers and magazines throughout North America.

Richard Zampella (Producer)

Richard Zampella has produced numerous John Mulholland works including; Sergeant York: Of God & Country, narrated by Liam Neeson and over 50 episodes of Icons Radio Hour.

A native of northwest New Jersey, Richard Zampella is the CEO of MODA Entertainment. Past works include joint marketing agreements with The Museum of Modern Art, NYU Film School, and Starwood Hotel Corporation. At The Plaza Hotel, Richard created Plaza Black Tie Events that included programs such as; Voices That Make a Difference, Alfred Hitchcock's 100th Birthday and the 50th Anniversary of the filming of North by Northwest at the Plaza. Richard has held positions as Food & Beverage Director at The Essex House Hotel and management of the Oak Room, Oak Bar and the Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel for Fairmont Hotels.

While on active duty with The United States Army, Richard was stationed at the United States Intelligence Center and School at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and spent 10 years as an intelligence analyst with HQ Company, of The 50th Armored Division in Fort Dix, NJ.

Richard attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and currently resides in New York City.

Patrick Hemingway (Consultant)

Patrick Hemingway is Ernest Hemingway's second son and the last living son. He was the first born to Hemingway's second wife Pauline Pfeiffer. During his childhood he travelled frequently with his parents, and then attended Harvard University, graduated in 1950, and shortly thereafter moved to East Africa where he lived for 25 years. In Tanzania, Patrick was a professional big-game hunter and for over a decade he owned a safari business. In the 1960s he was appointed by the United Nations to the Wildlife Management College in Tanzania as a teacher of conservation and wildlife. In the 1970s he moved to Montana where he manages the intellectual property of his father's estate. He edited his father's unpublished novel about a 1950s safari to Africa and published it with the title True at First Light (1999).

Maria Cooper (Consultant)

Maria Cooper Janis is an artist with a special interest in parapsychology. She is married to a concert pianist Byron Janis, and together they are involved in several charities, among them Pro Musicis, the American Arthritis Foundation, and the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival. Mrs. Janis has contributed to several television documentaries about her father, including a recent A&E Biography. She and her husband live in New York City.

Byron Janis (Score)

Byron Janis is internationally renowned as one of the world's greatest pianists. He made his orchestral debut at age 15 with Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra and the following year was chosen by Vladimir Horowitz as his first student. At 18, he became the youngest artist ever signed to a contract by RCA Victor Records. Two years later, in 1948, he made his Carnegie Hall debut which was hailed as an unparalleled success. He has played with every major symphony orchestra in both the U.S and abroad.

Mr. Janis was the first American artist chosen to participate in the 1960 Cultural Exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union and was hailed on the front page of The New York Times as, "an ambassador in breaking down 'cold war' barriers." He was also the first American concert pianist to be asked back to Cuba, 40 years after his last performance there, during which time no American was allowed to perform on Cuban soil. His many recordings appear on the RCA, Mercury Phillips and EMI labels. In the Spring of 2012, EMI releasde a Byron Janis "Chopin Collection," a compilation of his Chopin recordings featuring, for the first time on one CD, two unknown Chopin waltz manuscripts which he discovered at Yale University (the other two versions he discovered in France).

Peter Calandra (Musical Arranger)

Peter Calandra is a New York City based composer and pianist. He played piano and conducted the original Off Broadway version of Little Shop Of Horrors, played keyboards in the touring company of Les Miserables and was the Principal Keyboardist for the Broadway production of Miss Saigon. For 16 years was the pianist in artist Larry Rivers "Climax Band" where he performed with Allen Ginsberg, Don Cherry. As a composer he has written over 1700 compositions for television including theme songs for most shows on the Big Ten Network, Comcast Sports Net and many shows on the MSG Network. He has and scored 18 films including the award winning "Unknown Soldier and Jellysmoke", ESPN: Unmatched and 2011 release Rise . Played lead guitar in the 1980 punk rock band the BlanX. Calandra grew up in Northport, New York.