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Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen (2013)

Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen is an unprecedented look at the bond between two of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.Utter opposites... nothing in common. The cowboy and the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Sam Waterston ... Narrator
Len Cariou ... Ernest Hemingway (voice)
Nancy Crawford ... Additional voices (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirk Douglas ... Himself
Peter Duchin Peter Duchin ... Himself
Charlton Heston ... Himself
Elmore Leonard ... Himself
Pia Lindström ... Herself
Patricia Neal ... Herself
Robert Osborne ... Himself
Robert Stack ... Himself (archive footage)


Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen is an unprecedented look at the bond between two of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.Utter opposites... nothing in common. The cowboy and the suburbanite. The conservative and the liberal. And yet these two artists (a word both men scoffed at) were the best of friends, right up to their deaths a mere seven weeks apart in 1961. But is the friendship of these two men really so surprising? A study of these two men is a study of the 20th century. Their internationally renowned careers (Cooper, two Best Actor Academy Awards; Hemingway, Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes) were played out over the same turbulent decades: the hedonistic 20s, the grim Depression 30s, the war-ravaged 40s, and the deceptively slumbering 50s; throughout, their public and private lives connected, parted, re-connected, intertwined, over-lapped, and collided. It is no small irony that the lives of these two men should suffer untimely ends at the dawn of the erupting sixties. ...

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Two American Icons. Actor...Writer. Utter Opposites. A Fascinating Friendship






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27 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen chronicles the 20 year relationship between author Earnest Hemingway and screen icon Gary Cooper
6 December 2013 | by madeatthepointSee all my reviews

Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen not only profiles the lives of two of the greatest American icons of the 20th Century, but it also unfolds against the backdrop of world events and American history.

The narrative is skillfully driven by interviews interspersed with with never before seen home films and archival photographs. Perhaps most interesting is the documentary's analysis of the parallel success of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea and Cooper's High Noon in 1951. Who knew Hemingway's suicide followed Cooper's death from cancer a mere seven week apart.

Makes the viewer wonder how the loss of his best friend added to Hemingway's terrible depression.

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