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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.”

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

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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

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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

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
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Produced by Richard Zampella & Shannon Mulholland

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By Richard Zampella: The “21” Club – Alfred Hitchcock was a regular patron throughout his life here.

The “21” Club- Alfred Hitchcock was a regular patron throughout his life here.
By Richard Zampella

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21 Club – New York City
By Richard Zampella

When one thinks of nightlife prior to World War II, images are conjured of late night haunts serving fare into the wee small hours of the morning and music playing till dawn. Nowhere epitomized being out and about on the town like New York City in the 1930’s and ‘40’s. It was a legendary moment in time.
After a period of four years probation was repealed, King Kong carried Faye Ray up the side of the Empire State Building, Duke Ellington was performing nightly at the Cotton Club on 125th Street in Harlem, and two resourceful cousins named Jack Kriendler and Charlie Berns legitimized a speakeasy at 21 West 52nd Street and christened it The “21” Club.
Although “21” had been raided more than once during prohibition, federal agents were never able to pin anything on Jack and Charlie. At the first sign of a raid, they would activate an ingenious system of pulleys and levers, which would sweep bottles from the bar shelves and hurl the smashed remains down a chute into the New York sewer system.
Throughout the ‘30’s, “21” was frequented by many literary figures of the time, among them: John Steinbeck, John O’Hara, Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis, H. G. Wells, and Robert Sherwood. In fact, every notable of the mid 20th Century found their way to “21” at one time or another. It rivaled the patronage of other legendary New York City haunts such as the Stork Club and El Morocco as one of Café Society’s most noted hangouts.
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21 Club NYC
Article by Richard Zampella

In the 1940’s, Spellbound hit theatres starring Gregory Peck and is one of the earliest films to feature/mention the “21” Club. According to Jeff Kraft and Aaron Leventhal, co-authors of Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock’s San Francisco, Mr. Hitchcock had a long-standing connection to the “21” Club. Starting with his first trip to the United States from England in the late ‘30’s, he was a regular patron of the restaurant throughout his life. Humphrey Bogart frequented “21” as a struggling actor in his pre-Hollywood days. When he wasn’t carousing with friends, he was content to sit alone at the “21”, bent earnestly over a notebook, smoking a pipe and drinking scotch, fancying himself a budding playwright. His taste in booze careened wildly between scotch, Black Velvets (equal parts Guinness and champagne), bathtub gin martinis, beer, and Jack Rose cocktails.
Bogart would return to his old haunt in 1944 and propose to a youthful Lauren Bacall at Table 30. They first worked together in To Have and Have Not, based on the novel written by “21” regular, Ernest Hemingway (who was caught making love to gangster Legs Diamond’s girlfriend in the “21” kitchen in 1931). Hollywood came to “21” years later in the ‘50’s to shoot scenes for the classic films “All About Eve” starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter and “The Sweet Smell of Success” with Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis.
The first of the 33 replicas of jockeys standing watch outside the front doors of “21” was donated by patron Jay Van Urk in the early ‘30’s. In 1992, a jockey was stolen from the restaurant and that news was reported on page 2 of the New York Post. The next day, a “21” regular was glancing outside his office window overlooking Washington Square Park and spotted the jockey in a shopping cart and phoned police. In 2004, there was a collection of 33 jockeys, the most recent from Saratoga Stables representing the great New York horse, Sunny Cide, winner of 2003’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness races.
In the past few years, “21” has seen its share of renovations and remains one of the few classic restaurants still existing from the golden age of New York City nightlife. It remains a refreshing throwback to the grand dining of a bygone era. The classic American fare is still deftly executed and the menu, with or without a great bottle of wine, remains an enjoyable experience for New Yorkers and visitors alike. It will no doubt provide memories for generations to come.
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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

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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