The Old Man and the Sea, High Noon -- were almost simultaneous. As were their deaths: Hemingway's suicide followed Cooper's death from spreading prostate cancer by only weeks. Mr. Mulholland does not make this claim, but the viewer cannot help but wonder how much the loss of his best friend added to Hemingway's terrible depression.
Charlton Heston and Jack Hemingway, all long gone, to Elmore Leonard and Paramount's A.C Lyles, both recently departed. Overall, this movie made me even fonder of the work of Cooper (I'll want to see some of his movies again soon), while finally beginning to understand and better appreciate Hemingway, at least as a complicated personality.
Transmultimedia Entertainment and running 143 minutes, not one of which I would have wanted to miss -- opens today in New York City at the Quad Cinema, but won't hit the L.A. area until Friday, December 6 (at Laemmle's Playhouse 7).
How's this for a batch of personal appearances --
all at the same show? Writer/director John Mulholland,
TMC Host/film historian Robert Osborne,
film critic Jeffrey Lyons,
actor Len Cariou (who provides the film's voice of Hemingway)
and Sean Hemingway (grandson of Ernest Hemingway)
will be all present for a Q&A following
the 7:00pm show tonight, Friday, October 11.