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TITLE: Gary Cooper - The Irresistable
Director: Clara & Julia Kuperberg

Genre: Film documentary

Format: HD


Contributors: Marc Wanamaker, Joseph McBride etc.

Company: Wichita Films

Runtime: 52 minutes.

ID: 397.




The American hero and sex symbol for three or four decades won two Oscars for best actor in „Sergeant York“ and „High Noon“ and an honorary Oscar at the end of his life, received by his friend James Stewart on behalf of the dying actor. Filmmakers Julia and Clara Kuperberg had the good luck to have Gary Coopers daughter, Maria Cooper Janis , collaborate and talk about her father the actor. We find out that Cooper did a lot of research on the people he was to portray and summed up his art as follows: “If I know who this person is I don´t have to act”. Film historians Marc Wanamaker and Joseph McBride look at Cooper´s career through carefully selected film clips and archive footage showing Gary Cooper´s progression from the American hero in Cowboy Films and Westerners to becoming a champion of the common man in Frank Capra´s films , adding a touch of lightness in screwball comedy and returning to be the rugged individualist in “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. An absolute highlight of this documentary, rich in film clips and rarely seen archive footage, is Gary Coopers portrait of Lou Gehrig with the famous farewell speech ending in: “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth”, delivered by the man John Barrymore dubbed “the world´s greatest actor”.