VIDEO LIBRARIAN MAGAZINE REVIEW FEBRUARY 2015
Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen • 3.5 Stars (Out of 4 Stars)
Hollywood idol Gary Cooper was cast as the lead in a slightly bowdlerized 1932 Paramount adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Ams and wound up becoming a life long friend of the iconic author, despite their superficial differences in politics and temperaments.
Mulholland's meaty saga of the lives of these two icons-who had long planned a cinematic project together but never managed to bring one to the camera – nicely meshes film and literary criticism with gossip, and assumes viewer familiarity with, for instance, For Whom the Bell Tolls and High Noon. The documentary film is especially passionate about restoring both Hemingway and Cooper to the artists' pantheon from which detractors (mostly feminists in Hemingway's case, "method" actors in Cooper's) have often tried to demote them.Read Full review