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Inside High Noon Documentary – “A Simple Little Western”

High Noon – “A Simple Little Western” written by John Mulholland

All New Directors Cut coming Fall 2017!

INISDE HIGH NOON
Narrated by: Frank Langella
Written & Directed by: John Mulholland
Produced by: Richard Zampella & Shannon Mulholland
On Camera Participants:
President Bill Clinton
Prince Albert of Monaco
Brian Garfield
Jonathan Foreman
Tim Zinnemann
Maria Cooper
Lee Clark Mitchell
Stephen Prince
M.Z. Ribalow

INSIDE HIGH NOON, a documentary explores both the remarkable 1952 film and the gripping story behind its troubled production. The real-life events behind the making of HIGH NOON make for rich drama, indeed.

When released, HIGH NOON was seen as an attack on HUAC. However, this means little to an audience today. INSIDE HIGH NOON examines with fresh insight what makes HIGH NOON timeless, and why it works so powerfully still, over 60 years after its release.

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Inside High Noon – Directors Cut
Produced by Richard Zampella & Shannon Mulholland
Written/Directed by John Mulholland
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HIGH NOON was hailed upon its release in 1952 as an instant classic. It won several Academy Awards, including one for its legendary star, Gary Cooper. It was named the year’s best picture by the New York Film Critics Society. And yet, even though it’s high on the American Film Institute’s 100 Best Films of the Century, HIGH NOON’s respect has been hard won, indeed. Perhaps no other classic film has had such a rocky road as this “simple little western.”

Decried by influential auteurist critics and academics, HIGH NOON has been attacked for being untrue to the western genre – read anti-populist; for being “middle-brow” (whatever that might mean); for being social drama hiding behind the western genre – and muddled social drama, at that; for being the most un-American film ever made (courtesy of John Wayne), etc.

However, 56 years after its release, HIGH NOON still powerfully resonates with audiences around the world. When Solidarity needed a universal image to promote democracy and the right to vote in Poland in 1987, they chose Gary Cooper in HIGH NOON, a ballot in his hand rather than a gun. Conservatives and liberals both manage to cite HIGH NOON on the floor of Congress as a metaphor for their competing political ideals. Political cartoonists and headline writers inevitably use HIGH NOON as reference for countless crises. President Eisenhower cited High Noon as his favorite film, as have President Clinton and former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizuma.

On one hand, HIGH NOON has been attacked for being a conservative, damaging portrait of arrogant male paternalism. On the other hand, HIGH NOON is praised for challenging entrenched notions of gender, for exploring masculine anxiety, masculinity as a construct. Feminist critics and academics are offering intriguing and complex new readings to HIGH NOON.

Example: Amy Fowler (Grace Kelly) is having her new husband, Marshall Will Kane (Cooper), quit his career, leave his town, leave his friends, marry outside his church, and open a store of her choosing (wearing, perhaps, an apron?). Does Will Kane take on the villains at noon as a final gasp of masculine protest, as a declaration of independence from his wife’s control?

Ernest Hemingway compared a story’s meaning to an iceberg – like the iceberg, 7/8th of which lies hidden beneath the surface, 7/8th of a story’s meaning lies beneath the surface.

Carl Foreman’s bare-to-the-bones script and Fred Zinnemann’s equally spare direction are a perfect film correlative to Hemingway’s iceberg theory. This taut, seemingly straightforward little suspense western is complex, multi-layered, and perhaps even more relevant today than when it opened over 60 years ago.

– John Mulholland, writer/director

INSIDE HIGH NOON
@insidehighnoon

Produced by Richard Zampella & Shannon Mulholland

Multimedia by TransMultimedia
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Sergeant York: Of God and Country- Review: Remarkable Sgt. York Documentary

Sergeant York: Of God and Country
www.ofgodandcountry.com
A documentary
Narrated by: Liam Neeson
Written & Directed by: John Mulholland
On Camera Participants: Maria Cooper, Joan Leslie, June Lockhart, Michael Birdwell, M.Z. Ribalow, and Film Historian Robert Osborne.
Produced by: Richard Zampella & Shannon Mulholland

Review: Remarkable Sgt. York Documentary
Author: chrish1967 from United States

I am used to just fast-forwarding through extras on DVD double-discs, so “Sergeant York: Of God And Country” caught me totally unawares. Instead of the usual focus on silly anecdotes about the daily production, this is something else entirely.

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“Sergeant York: Of God and Country” Narrated by Liam Neeson
Written and Directed by John Mulholland
Produced by Richard Zampella and Shannon Mulholland

It is that rare documentary about a movie which gives you far more than info on the movie, though it certainly does give you all you need and want to know about the history of the film and its production. However, it also gives you a fascinating history of the era in which it was made, everything from anti-Semitism and isolationism to rural America and WW II.

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Gary Cooper as Sergeant York

 

I can’t recommend this highly enough. My only complaint would be that it is too short. It moves along so smoothly, the story-telling — for that’s what it is, the history lesson is nothing less than beautifully crafted story-telling — is so effortless. that it’s over before you know it.

This is how these “making of” docs should be done! Could use this in both film class and history class.
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Sergeant York documentary – “Sergeant York: Of God and Country” Directed by John Mulholland Produced by Richard Zampella and Shannon Mulholland