Preservation of Classic Film

Fall 2017 – Producer ( Richard Zampella ) Announces Release of New Blu-Ray “Inside High Noon – Directors Cut” Narrated by Frank Langella.

“The newly edited documentary on the behind the scenes of the 1952 film HIGH NOON, will have new interview footage. The “INSIDE HIGH NOON- Directors Cut” documentary will be released Fall 2015 in Blu-Ray with numerous special features on the DVD” says producer Richard Zampella.

INSIDE HIGH NOON” is a documentary on the 1952 film HIGH NOON – Starring “Gary Cooper” & “Grace Kelly.” The behind the scenes documentary is Written/Directed by: “John Mulholland,” narrated by “Frank Langella,” produced by “Richard Zampella” & “Shannon Mulholland” with on camera interviews with “President Bill Clinton,” “Tim Zinneman” (son of director Fred Zinneman) “Jonathan Foreman” (son of screenwriter Carl Foreman) “Crown Prince Albert of Monaco” (Grace Kelly’s son) “Maria Cooper” (Gary Cooper’s daughter) “Brian Garfield,” “Lee Clark Mitchell,” “Stephen Prince,” and “Meir Ribalow.”

Richard Zampella

Richard Zampella announces Blu-Ray DVD of INSIDE HIGH NOON Documentary

www.insidehighnoon.com

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Other Documentaries:

Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen
http://www.cooperhemingway.com
Narrated by Sam Waterston
Written & Directed by John Mulholland
Produced by Richard Zampella & Shannon Mulholland

www.richardzampella.com
www.trans-multimedia.com

Sergeant York: Of God and Country
www.ofgodandcountry.com
Narrated by Liam Neeson
Written & Directed by John Mulholland
Produced by Richard Zampella & Shannon Mulholland

Richard Zampella Sergeant York Documentary

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

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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.

Official Site: www.insidehighnoon.com
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Inside High Noon – Directors Cut
Produced by Richard Zampella & Shannon Mulholland
Written/Directed by John Mulholland
www.insidehighnoon.com

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
@transmultimedia

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Richard Zampella – Remastering Standard Def Library to HD-Blue Ray

Preserving a library of over 1000 hours of interviews on Classic Hollywood, Authors, Directors, Actors, Producers among others.
Remastering the library from standard Def to HD-BlueRay. Preserving for the future.
– Richard Zampella

TransMultimedia to Remaster SD Library of 1000+ Hours of Archival Interviews to HD/Blu Ray

TransMultimedia Entertainment (www.trans-multimedia.com) has announced that it is remastering its standard definition library which includes over a 1000 hours of never seen before interview footage.

TransMultimedia will bring over 1000 hours of archival interviews featuring subjects of Classic Hollywood actors, directors, fashion designers, producers, authors and more into HD format for Blu-ray or new media exploitation in the years to come. A full list of subject matter will be released in the coming weeks.

“Richard Zampella” – Managing Partner of TransMultimedia, commented: “Our decision to remaster these incredible interviews not only allows existing fans to experience these historical stories of the golden age of Hollywood in high definition, but also encourages a new global audience to discover and see some of these interviews for the first time.

“We have an exciting and busy year ahead but are confident that our Blu-ray plans for these treasures will ensure that these informative and educational archival interviews will live on for generations to come.”

TransMultimedia is a New York based media company that produces content in all media throughout the world. Learn more on various preservation projects by Managing Partner of TransMultimedia, “Richard Zampella” at his Historic Continuance blog.

TransMultimedia produced the NY Times Critic’s Pick feature documentary in HD/Blu-Ray “Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen” (cooperhemingway.com) released in theaters in 2013 as well as numerous multimedia projects.

TransMultimedia to Remaster SD Library of 1000+ Hours of Archival Interviews to HD/Blu Ray
http://press.jamestimothywhite.com/transmultimedia-to-remaster-sd-library-of-1000-hours-of-archival-interviews-to-hdblu-ray/
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TransMultimedia to Remaster SD Library of 1000+ Hours of Archival Interviews to HD/Blu Ray

-Richard Zampella
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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

Richard Zampella – Classic Films – Study the Past if you wish to Define the Future

Richard Zampella: Why study and focus on Classic Hollywood?
“Study the Past if you wish to Define the Future”

Discussions with John Mulholland

Having a singular vision and unique passion: To bring back into the mainstream the legendary entertainment names of yesteryear – actors, directors, writers, producers defining for contemporary audiences both why and how these remarkable legends are still relevant in our fractious, highly charged and diverse world.
Classic Hollywood matters.

Yes, it’s been covered, exhaustively so; seven ways from Sunday, as they say.

And, certainly, it is well known indeed to its ‘ limited (read: aging) audience. Those fabled stars, those legendary directors, producers, writers, editors, cinematographers, what possibly can they have to do with today? With CGI, hyper-editing, Imax, sex, violence, slasher, computer animation, the net, hell, the sheer global breadth of pop culture, what matters classic Hollywood?!?

Well, how about, say, without John Garfield, there’d be no DeNiro?

Watch Meg Ryan, Anne Heche or Reese Witherspoon, then watch Jean Arthur, Carole Lombard or Irene Dunne.
Want to understand whence came Pacino? Watch Cagney.

Meryl Streep? Bette Davis.

Without Gary Cooper, would there be Clint Eastwood (Who once asked his friend and biographer, Richard Schickel: “Think I’m Coop?”)?

And while we’re on Eastwood, check out his stately pacing as director, then watch the works of Fred Zinnemann, William Wyler and George Stevens.

Today’s feisty independent women – Angelina Jolie, Catherine Zeta Jones and Renee Zellwigger – are direct descendants of Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford and Myrna Loy.

And speaking of Stanwyck, what are femme fatales Kathleen Turner (Body Heat) and Linda Fiorentino (The Last Seduction) but mirrors of Stanwyck’s double-dealing femme fatale in Double Indemnity?

Check out 1957’s Zero Hour, and then watch Airplane.

Notting Hill = Roman Holiday.

Watch Gene Hackman, watch Spencer Tracy.

Gangsters: Before The Godfather I and II, there were Public Enemy, Roaring Twenties and White Heat.
Musical bios: Yankee Doodle Dandy and Walk The Line, while cultivating the same territory, both reflect the times they were made.

Before the remarkable Hugh Jackman, there was the remarkable Gene Kelly.

Without cinematographers Floyd Crosby and Ted McCord, would Jack Green and Janusz Kaminski be the artists they are?
Conjure up a John Williams score and then listen to the works of Dimitri Tiomkin, Victor Young and Miklos Rozsa.
Trend setters in fashion? Familiar with Katherine Hepburn, circa 1934?

Do films reflect their times? Watch 1940’s Pride And Prejudice and 2005’s Pride And Prejudice. Or, measure War Of The Worlds 1953 against War Of The Worlds 2005. To understand the existential urban loner of 2007, just watch Bogart from the 1940s. Want to define courage and masculinity in the face of impossible odds, 1952’s High Noon nails it like nothing else. How do we feel about war – Sands Of Iwo Jima (1949) vs. Flags Of Our Fathers/Letters From Iwo Jima (2007). To understand where the U. S. was in the late 30s, early 40s, with isolationists battling interventionists, study the making of 1941’s Sergeant York. Both versions of The Manchurian Candidate (1962, 2004) contain the same basic plot, yet both are crystal-clear reflections of the times they were made.

What do Scarface (32) and Scarface (83) say about who we are, where we are, what kind of world we live in?
Is Johnny Depp’s effete pirate a total original? Or the inevitable next step after Errol Flynn’s dashing Captain Blood in the 30s and Burt Lancaster’s openly comic Crimson Pirate in the 50s?

If today’s stars think they’re the first to be hammered by the tabloid press, perhaps a look at Errol Flynn’s career might enlighten them.

Classic Hollywood matters. Very much.

Producing documentaries on classic films explore why – seven ways from Sunday. For in exploring that so-called Golden Era from a refreshingly original prism of vision, through various comparisons and idea also offer a fresh POV on today’s complex global era.

Richard Zampella, Preserving history
Film Documentaries:
Sergeant York: Of God and Country Narrated by Liam Neeson
Inside High Noon Narrated by Frank Langella

A study of these two men is a study of the 20th century. Gary Cooper & Ernest Hemingway

Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen
A New York Times Critic’s Pick
A feature documentary on the 20 year friendship of Gary Cooper and Ernest Hemingway
Narrated by Sam Waterston
Voice of Ernest Hemingway by Len Cariou
Directed by John Mulholland
Produced by Richard Zampella & Shannon Mulholland

“If there’d been no Coop, Hemingway would’ve had to invent him”  – Alistair Cooke

Ernest Hemingway: “Coop is a fine man; as honest and straight and friendly and unspoiled as he looks. If you made up a character like Coop, nobody’d believe it.” 

And if you made up a character like Ernest Hemingway, how many would believe it? The mercurial Hemingway left people enchanted, hostile, confused, charmed, bruised, bitter.

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Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen
Written & Directed by John Mulholland
Narrated by Sam Waterston
Produced by Richard Zampella + Shannon Mulholland

 

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?

Consider this Cooper obituary: “Perhaps with Gary Cooper there is ended a certain America. That of the frontier and of innocence, which had or was believed to have an exact sense of the dividing line between good and evil.” Corriere Della Sera, Rome.

Substitute the name of Hemingway’s Robert Jordan and the sentiment is just as apt and poignant.

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.

It is no small irony that the lives of these two men should suffer untimely ends at the dawn of the erupting sixties. Their final, poignant chapter closed at the beginning of a decade which would challenge many of the very ideals and precepts which both men so prominently represented.

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Cooper – Hemingway Telegram
“Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen”

 

And yet, decades later, we have Liam Neeson reflecting:  “…the character of Bryan Mills (Taken) fits into a cinematic iconic figure that we all recognize from way back … I’m thinking of Gary Cooper in High Noon, who is kind of a Bryan Mills. That kind of iconic figure that audiences seem to be attracted to.

Or Katniss Everdeen, the hero from The Hunger Games. For all the modern trappings, the extraordinarily courageous and selfless Katniss is really just a female updating of the Hemingway/Cooper hero. She’s Robert Jordan. She’s Will Kane. To understand Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper is to understand both the genesis of Katniss Everdeen and why she and other contemporary characters represent what they do to audiences today.

Perhaps Cooper and Hemingway didn’t really pass the torch, perhaps they merely leant it.

-John Mulholland

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