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 ...
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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. ...
This documentary showcased two men whom I thought I knew, yet it made me see both Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper in new and surprising ways.
It also made me see the damage that our society's emphasis on rock-em, sock-em masculinity does. Both Hemingway and Cooper obviously spent their professional lives hiding their sensitive interior selves. And, as the documentary reveals, this ended up harming their careers as they aged. Both were locked into images they'd created early on, and could not escape from.
Can't recommend this any higher.
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