Gary COOPER | Frank James Cooper
cooper* 07.05.1901, Helena, Montana, USA † 13.05.1961, Hollywood / Los Angeles, USA

Schauspieler * (als Kind) lebt einige Jahre (1910-17) in England * ab 1923 versucht sich als Zeichner/Karikaturist * 1925-26 Komparse und Stuntman in ca. 30 (Western)filmen * 1926 erste richtige Rolle in The Winning of Barbara Worth (von Henry King) * erhält einen Vertrag bei Paramount * 1929 feiert seinen ersten großen Erfolg als The Virginian * in 30er Jahren gehört zu den populärsten und höchstbezahlten amerikanischen Schauspielern * 1937 Vertrag mit Samuel Goldwyn * gründet die Produktionsfirmen Cinema Artists (1945; Along Came Jones - einmalig als Produzent tätig) und Baroda Productions (1958; The Hanging Tree) * seit 1947 unter Vertrag bei Warner Bros. * 1952 (nach einer Reihe erfolgloser Filme) Comeback mit High Noon * stirbt mit 60 Jahren an Krebs * beliebt als Interpret geradliniger, schweigsamer (und einsamer) Helden - spielt nur positive Figuren (good guys) * Symbolfigur des traditionellen Amerika | Bild: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (studio portrait | publicity shot)
SOUND FILMS

The Wolf Song (1929-USA * Victor Fleming ... Sam Lash) 93m-Westerndrama (2903) > Stummfilm mit Ton- und Musiksequenzen

The Virginian (Der Mann aus Virginia, 1929-USA; R: Victor Fleming, B: Howard Estabrook; Grover Jones, Keene Thompson; Edward E. Paramore, Jr., K: J. Roy Hunt, D: GC-Mann aus Virginia * Walter Huston) 92m-Western (Roman von Owen Wister /1902/ + Bühnenstück von Owen Wister & Kirk La Shelle /1904/) (05-?; 2911)

Seven Days' Leave (1929-USA; d: Richard Wallace, B: Don Totheroh, John Farrow, K: Charles Lang, D: GC-Kenneth Dowey, Beryl Mercer) 83m-Melodram (Bühnenstück The Old Lady Shows Her Medals von James M. Barrie, 1917) (3001)

Only the Brave (1930-USA; d: Frank Tuttle, B: Agnes Brand Leahy; Edward E. Paramore, Jr., K: Harry Fischbeck, D: GC-Captain James Braydon, Mary Brian) 66m-Kriegsromanze (3003)

Paramount on Parade (1929/30-USA * Dorothy Arzner, Otto Brower, Edmund Goulding, Victor Heerman, Edwin H. Knopf, Rowland V. Lee, Ernst Lubitsch, Lothar Mendes, Victor Schertzinger, A. Edward Sutherland, Frank Tuttle > revue in 20 parts featuring Paramount contract stars) (08-02; 3004)

The Texan (1930-USA; d: John Cromwell, B: Daniel Nathan Rubin; Oliver H.P. Garrett, K: Victor Milner, D: GC-Enrique * Fay Wray) 79m-Western (Kurzgeschichte The Double-Dyed Deceiver von O. Henry, 1905) (3005)

A Man from Wyoming (1930-USA; d: Rowland V. Lee, B: John V.A. Weaver, Albert Shelby Le Vino, K: Harry Fischbeck, D: GC-Jim Baker, June Collyer, Regis Toomey) 70m-Kriegsdrama (3007)

The Spoilers (1930-USA; d: Edwin Carewe, B: Agnes Brand Leahy; Bartlett Cormack, K: Harry Fischbeck, D: GC-Roy Glenister, Kay Johnson, Betty Compson) 85m-Western (Roman von Rex Beach, 1906) (3009)

Morocco (Marokko, 1930-USA * Josef von Sternberg ... Tom Brown) (Bühnenstück von Benno Vigny) (07-08; 3011)

Fighting Caravans (1930/31-USA; d: Otto Brower, David Burton, B: Edward E. Paramore, Jr., Keene Thompson, Agnes Brand Leahy, K: Lee Garmes, Henry Gerrard, D: GC-Clint Belmet, Lily Damita, Ernest Torrence, Fred Kohler, Tully Marshall) 91m-Western (Roman von Zane Grey, 1929) (3102)

City Streets (Straßen der Großstadt, 1931-USA; R: Rouben Mamoulian, B: Oliver H.P. Garrett; Max Marcin, K: Lee Garmes, D: GC-The Kid * Sylvia Sidney) 80/3m-Krimimelodram (3104)

I Take This Woman (1931-USA; d: Marion Gering, B: Vincent Lawrence, K: Victor Milner, D: GC-Tom McNair * Carole Lombard) 72/6m-Liebesdrama (Roman Lost Ecstasy von Mary Roberts Rinehart, 1927) (3106)

His Woman (1931-USA; d: Edward Sloman, B: Adelaide Heilbron, Melville Baker, K: William O. Steiner, D: GC-Kapitän Sam Whalan * Claudette Colbert) 76/80m-Liebesdrama (Roman The Sentimentalists von Dale Collins, 1927) (3111)

Devil and the Deep (1932-USA; d: Marion Gering, B: Benn W. Levy, K: Charles Lang, D: Tallulah Bankhead * GC-Lieutenant Sempter) 78m-Melodram [Roman Sirènes et Tritons von Maurice Larrouy, 1927] (3208)

A Farewell to Arms (In einem anderen Land, 1932-USA; R: Frank Borzage, B: Benjamin Glazer, Oliver H.P. Garrett, K: Charles Lang, D: Helen Hayes * GC-Frederic Henry) 78m-Drama (Roman von Ernest Hemingway, 1929) (07-?; 3212)

If I Had a Million (Wenn ich eine Million hätte, 1932-USA; B: Claude Binyon, Whitney Bolton, Malcolm Stuart Boylan, John Bright, Sidney Buchman, Lester Cole, Isabel Dawn, Boyce DeGaw, Oliver H.P. Garrett, Harvey Gates, Ernst Lubitsch, Lawton Mackall, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, William Slavens McNutt, Robert Sparks > The Three Marines * [R: William A. Seiter], [K: Charles Edgar Schoenbaum], D: GC-Steve/n Gallagher, Jack Oakie, Roscoe Karns) 88m-Episodenfilm (Roman Windfall von Robert D./Hardy Andrews, 1931) (09-10; 3211)

Today We Live (1932/33-USA; d: Howard Hawks; [co-director] Richard Rosson, B: Edith Fitzgerald, Dwight Taylor; William Faulkner, K: Oliver T. Marsh, D: Joan Crawford * GC-Bogard) 113m-Dreiecksdrama (Kurzgeschichte Turn About von William Faulkner, 1932) (12-02; 3304)

One Sunday Afternoon (1933-USA; d: Stephen Roberts, B: Grover Jones, William Slavens McNutt, K: Victor Milner, D: GC-Biff Grimes, Fay Wray, Neil Hamilton, Frances Fuller) 85m-Tragikomödie (Bühnenstück von James Hagan, 1933) (05-06; 3309)

Design for Living (Serenade zu dritt, 1933-USA; R: Ernst Lubitsch, B: Ben Hecht, K: Victor Milner, D: Fredric March * GC-George Curtis * Miriam Hopkins * Edward Everett Horton) 90m-Komödie (Bühnenstück von Noël Coward, 1932) (07-09; 3312)

Alice in Wonderland (1933-USA; d: Norman Z. McLeod, B: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, William Cameron Menzies, K: Henry Sharp, Bert Glennon, M: Dimitri Tiomkin, D: Charlotte Henry, Richard Arlen, Roscoe Ates, GC-White Knight, Leon Errol, Louise Fazenda, W.C. Fields, Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, Cary Grant, Raymond Hatton, Edward Everett Horton, Roscoe Karns, Baby LeRoy, Mae Marsh, Polly Moran, Jack Oakie, Edna May Oliver, May Robson, Charlie/Charles Ruggles, Alison Skipworth, Ned Sparks, Ford Sterling) 76m-Fantasy (Roman Alice's Adventures in Wonderland /1865/ + Roman Through the Looking-Glass /1871/ von Lewis Carroll) (09-?; 3312)

Operator 13 (1934-USA; d: Richard Boleslawski, B: Harvey Thew, Zelda Sears, Eve Greene, K: George J. Folsey, D: Marion Davies * GC-Jack Gailliard) 86m-Liebesdrama (Roman Secret Service Operator 13 von Robert W. Chambers, 1934 > postum) (02-04; 3406)

Now and Forever (1934-USA; d: Henry Hathaway, B: Vincent Lawrence, Sylvia Thalberg, K: Harry Fischbeck, D: GC-Jerry Day * Carole Lombard * Shirley Temple) 83m-Drama (3408)

The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (Bengali, 1934-USA; R: Henry Hathaway, B: Waldemar Young, John L. Balderston, Achmed Abdullah; Grover Jones, William Slavens McNutt, K: Charles Lang, D: GC-Lieutenant McGregor * Franchot Tone * Richard Cromwell * Guy Standing) 110m-Abenteuerdrama (Roman/Buch von Francis Yeats-Brown, 1930) (08-11/+12; 3501)

The Wedding Night (1934-USA; d: King Vidor, B: Edith Fitzgerald, K: Gregg Toland, ML: Alfred Newman, D: GC-Tony Barrett * Anna Sten) 83m-Liebesdrama (11-12; 3503)

Peter Ibbetson (Peter Ibbetson, 1935-USA; R: Henry Hathaway, B: Vincent Lawrence, Waldemar Young; John Meehan, Edwin Justus Mayer; Constance Collier, K: Charles Lang, M: Ernst Toch, D: GC-Peter Ibbetson * Ann Harding) 83/8m-Melodram (Roman von George du Maurier, 1891 + Bühnenstück von John Nathaniel Raphael, 1915) (?-08; 3511)

Desire (Sehnsucht, 1935-USA * Frank Borzage ... Tom Bradley) (09-12; 3604)

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (Mr. Deeds geht in die Stadt, 1935/36-USA; R: Frank Capra, B: Robert Riskin, K: Joseph Walker, ML: Howard Jackson, D: GC-Longfellow Deeds, Jean Arthur) 115/8m-Komödie (12-02; 3604)

The General Died at Dawn (Der General starb im Morgengrauen, 1936-USA; R: Lewis Milestone, B: Clifford Odets, K: Victor Milner, M: Werner Janssen, D: GC-O'Hara * Madeleine Carroll) 98m-Abenteuerdrama (Roman von Charles G. Booth, 1936) (05-07; 3609)

The Plainsman (Der Held der Prärie, 1936-USA; R: Cecil B. DeMille, B: Waldemar Young, Harold Lamb, Lynn Riggs; Jeanie Macpherson, K: Victor Milner, M: George Antheil, D: GC-Wild Bill Hickok * Jean Arthur) 113/5m-Western (07-?; 3701)

Souls at Sea (Schiffbruch der Seelen, 1936/37-USA; R: Henry Hathaway, B: Grover Jones, Dale Van Every, K: Charles Lang, Merritt B. Gerstad, M: W. Franke Harling, Milan Roder, D: GC-"Nuggin" Taylor * George Raft) 92m-Actionabenteuer (11-?; 3709)

The Adventures of Marco Polo (Die Abenteuer des Marco Polo, 1937-USA; R: Archie L. Mayo, B: Robert E. Sherwood, K: Rudolph Mate, M: Hugo Friedhofer, D: GC-Marco Polo, Sigrid Gurie) 100/5m-Abenteuer (06-09; 3804)

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (Blaubarts achte Frau, 1937/38-USA; R: Ernst Lubitsch, B: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, K: Leo Tover, M: Frederick Hollander, Werner R. Heymann, D: Claudette Colbert * GC-Michael Brandon) 80/4m-Komödie (Bühnenstück La huitième femme de Barbe-Bleue von Alfred Savoir, 1921) (10-01; 3803)

The Cowboy and the Lady (Mein Mann, der Cowboy, 1938-USA; R: H.C. Potter, B: S.N. Behrman, Sonya Levien, K: Gregg Toland, ML: Alfred Newman, D: GC-Stretch * Merle Oberon) 91m-Liebeskomödie (06-10; 3811)

Beau Geste (Drei Fremdenlegionäre, 1939-USA; R: William A. Wellman, B: Robert Carson, K: Theodor Sparkuhl, Archie Stout, M: Alfred Newman, D: GC-Beau Geste * Ray Milland * Robert Preston) 120m-Abenteuer (Roman von Percival Christopher Wren, 1924) (01-04/+06; 3907)

North West Mounted Police (Die scharlachroten Reiter, 1939-USA; R: Cecil B. DeMille, B: Alan Le May, Jesse Lasky, Jr., C. Gardner Sullivan, K: Victor Milner, W. Howard Greene, M: Victor Young, D: GC-Dusty Rivers * Madeleine Carroll) 125m-Western [Roman von R.C. Fetherstonhaugh] (03-?; 4012)

The Real Glory (Verrat im Dschungel, 1939-USA; R: Henry Hathaway, B: Jo Swerling, Robert Presnell, K: Rudolph Mate, M: Alfred Newman, D: GC-Bill Canavan, David Niven, Andrea Leeds, Reginald Owen) 96m-Actionabenteuer (Roman von Charles L. Clifford, 1937) (04-07; 3909)

The Westerner (Der Westerner, 1939/40-USA; R: William Wyler, B: Jo Swerling, Niven Busch, K: Gregg Toland, ML: Dimitri Tiomkin, D: GC-Cole Hardin, Walter Brennan, Fred Stone, Doris Davenport) 100m-Western (11-?/+02; 4009)

Meet John Doe (Hier ist John Doe, 1940-USA; R: Frank Capra, B: Robert Riskin, K: George Barnes, M: Dimitri Tiomkin, D: GC-Long John Willoughby [John Doe] * Barbara Stanwyck) 123/9m-Tragikomödie (07-09/+11+01; 4105)

Sergeant York (Sergeant York, 1941-USA * Howard Hawks ... Alvin C. York) ([Tage]buch von Alvin C. York) (4109)

Ball of Fire (Die merkwürdige Zähmung der Gangsterbraut Sugarpuss, 1941-USA * Howard Hawks ... Bertram Potts) (4112)

The Pride of the Yankees (Der große Wurf, 1942-USA; R: Sam Wood, B: Jo Swerling, Herman J. Mankiewicz, K: Rudolph Mate, M: Leigh Harline, D: GC-Lou Gehrig, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan) 129m-Sportlerbiografie (02-04; 4207, NY)

For Whom the Bell Tolls (Wem die Stunde schlägt, 1942-USA * Sam Wood ... Robert Jordan) (Roman von Ernest Hemingway) (07-10; 4307)

Saratoga Trunk (Spiel mit dem Schicksal, 1943-USA; R: Sam Wood, B: Casey Robinson, K: Ernest Haller, M: Max Steiner, D: GC-Colonel Clint Maroon * Ingrid Bergman) 115/35m-Abenteuerdrama (Roman von Edna Ferber, 1941) (02-06; 4511)

The Story of Dr. Wassell (Dr. Wassells Flucht aus Java, 1943-USA; R: Cecil B. DeMille, B: Alan Le May, Charles Bennett, K: Victor Milner, William Snyder, M: Victor Young, D: GC-Dr. Corydon M. Wassell, Laraine Day, Signe Hasso, Dennis O'Keefe, Carol Thurston) 140m-Kriegsdrama (04-10; 4407)

Casanova Brown (So ein Papa, 1944-USA; R: Sam Wood, B: Nunnally Johnson, K: John F. Seitz, M: Arthur Lange, D: GC-Casanova Brown * Teresa Wright) 93m-Komödie (Bühnenstück Little Accident von Floyd Dell & Thomas Mitchell /1928/ > Roman An Unmarried Father von Floyd Dell /1927/) (02-03; 4408)

Along Came Jones (Der Vagabund von Texas, 1944/45-USA * Stuart Heisler ... Melody Jones) (Roman von Alan Le May) (11-01; 4507)

Cloak and Dagger (Im Geheimdienst, 1946-USA; R: Fritz Lang, B: Albert Maltz, Ring Lardner, Jr., K: Sol Polito, M: Max Steiner, D: GC-Prof. Alvah Jesper, Robert Alda & Lilli Palmer) 103m-Spionagedrama (frei nach Buch von Corey Ford & Alastair MacBain, 1945) (03-06; 4609)

Unconquered (Die Unbesiegten, 1946-USA; R: Cecil B. DeMille, B: Charles Bennett, Fredric M. Frank, Jesse Lasky, Jr., K: Ray Rennahan, M: Victor Young, D: GC-Capt. Christopher Holden * Paulette Goddard) 146m-Abenteuer (Roman von Neil H. Swanson, 1947) (07-11/+12; 4709)

Variety Girl (1946/47-USA * George Marshall ... er selbst) (10-01; 4708)

Good Sam (1947-USA; d: Leo McCarey, B: Ken Englund, K: George Barnes, M: Robert Emmett Dolan, D: GC-Sam Clayton * Ann Sheridan) 114m-Komödie (08-10/+01; 4809)

The Fountainhead (Ein Mann wie Sprengstoff, 1948-USA * King Vidor ... Howard Roark) (Roman von Ayn Rand) (07-09; 4907)

Task Force (Sturm über dem Pazifik, 1948-USA; R+B: Delmer Daves, K: Robert Burks, Wilfred M. Cline, M: Franz Waxman, D: GC-Jonathan L. Scott, Jane Wyatt, Wayne Morris, Walter Brennan, Julie London) 116m-Kriegsdrama (10-12; 4909)

Bright Leaf (Zwischen zwei Frauen, 1949/50-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Ranald MacDougall, K: Karl Freund, M: Victor Young, D: GC-Brant Royle * Lauren Bacall * Patricia Neal * Jack Carson * Donald Crisp) 110m-Melodram (Roman von Foster FitzSimons, 1948) (11-01; 5006)

Dallas (Todfeindschaft, 1950-USA; R: Stuart Heisler, B: John Twist, K: Ernest Haller, M: Max Steiner, D: GC-Blayde "Reb" Hollister * Ruth Roman) 94m-Western (05-06; 5012)

It's a Big Country[: An American Anthology] (1950-USA; d: Richard Thorpe [1], John Sturges [2], Charles Vidor [4], Don Weis [5], Clarence Brown [6], William A. Wellman [7], Don Hartman [8], B: William Ludwig [1], Helen Deutsch [2], Ray Chordes [3], Isobel Lennart [4], Allen Rivkin [5], Dorothy Kingsley [6], Dore Schary [7], George Wells [8], K: John Alton, Ray June, William C. Mellor, Joseph Ruttenberg, MS: Johnny Green, D: Ethel Barrymore, Keefe Brasselle, GC-"Texas", Nancy Davis, Van Johnson, Gene Kelly, Janet Leigh, Marjorie Main, Fredric March, George Murphy, William Powell, S.Z. Sakall, Lewis Stone, James Whitmore, Keenan Wynn) 89m-Episodenfilm (04-09; 5201) > Reihenfolge der Episoden nach AFI catalog

You're in the Navy Now / U.S.S. Teakettle (1950-USA; d: Henry Hathaway, B: Richard Murphy, K: Joe/Joseph MacDonald, M: Cyril J. Mockridge, D: GC-Lt. John Harkness * Jane Greer) 93m-Komödie (Artikel von John W. Hazard, 1950) (10-?; 5102, NY)

Distant Drums (Die Teufelsbrigade, 1951-USA; R: Raoul Walsh, B: Niven Busch, Martin Rackin, K: Sid/ney Hickox, M: Max Steiner, D: GC-Captain Quincy Wyatt, Mari Aldon) 101m-Western (03-06; 5112)

Starlift (1951-USA * Roy Del Ruth ... Gaststar) (05-07; 5112)

High Noon (Zwölf Uhr mittags, 1951-USA * Fred Zinnemann ... Will Kane) (Erzählung von John W. Cunningham) (09-10; 5207)

Springfield Rifle (Gegenspionage, 1952-USA * André De Toth ... Major "Lex" Kearney) (04-06; 5210)

Return to Paradise (Rückkehr ins Paradies, 1952-USA; R: Mark Robson, B: Charles Kaufman, K: Winton C. Hoch, M: Dimitri Tiomkin, D: GC-Mr. Morgan, Barry Jones, Roberta Haynes, John Hudson) 90/100m-Drama (Roman von James Michener, 1950) (07-09; 5307)

Blowing Wild (Wilde Glut, 1953-USA; R: Hugo Fregonese, B: Philip Yordan, K: Sid/ney Hickox, M: Dimitri Tiomkin, D: GC-Jeff Dawson * Barbara Stanwyck) 90m-Actiondrama (02-04; 5310)

Garden of Evil (Der Garten des Bösen, 1953/54-USA; R: Henry Hathaway, B: Frank Fenton, K: Milton Krasner, Jorge Stahl, Jr. M: Bernard Herrmann, D: GC-Hooker * Susan Hayward * Richard Widmark) 100m-Western (11-01; 5406, LA)

Vera Cruz (Vera Cruz, 1954-USA * Robert Aldrich ... Benjamin Trane) (03-05; 5501)

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (Verdammt zum Schweigen, 1955-USA; R: Otto Preminger, B: Milton Sperling, Emmet Lavery, K: Sam Leavitt, M: Dimitri Tiomkin, D: GC-Billy Mitchell, Charles Bickford, Ralph Bellamy, Rod Steiger) 100m-Drama (06-08; 5512)

Friendly Persuasion (Lockende Versuchung, 1955-USA * William Wyler ... Jess Birdwell) (Buch von Jessamyn West) (09-12; 5611)

Love in the Afternoon (Ariane - Liebe am Nachmittag, 1956-USA * Billy Wilder ... Frank Flannagan) (Roman von Claude Anet) (08-12; 5706)

Ten North Frederick (Ein Mann in den besten Jahren, 1957/58-USA; R+B: Philip Dunne, K: Joseph MacDonald, M: Leigh Harline, D: GC-Joe Chapin * Diane Varsi * Suzy Parker) 102m-Melodram (Roman von John O'Hara, 1955) (11-01; 5805)

Man of the West (Der Mann aus dem Westen, 1958-USA * Anthony Mann ... Link Jones) (Roman von Will C. Brown) (02-04; 5810)

The Hanging Tree (Der Galgenbaum, 1958-USA; R: Delmer Daves, B: Wendell Mayes, Halsted Welles, K: Ted McCord, M: Max Steiner, D: GC-Joseph Frail * Maria Schell * Karl Malden) 106m-Western (novelette von Dorothy M. Johnson, 1957) (06-08; 5902)

They Came to Cordura (Sie kamen nach Cordura, 1958-USA; R: Robert Rossen, B: Ivan Moffat, Robert Rossen, K: Burnett Guffey, M: Elie Siegmeister, D: GC-Thomas Thorn * Rita Hayworth * Van Heflin * Tab Hunter) 123m-Western (Roman von Glendon Swarthout, 1958) (10-12; 5910)

The Wreck of the Mary Deare (Die den Tod nicht fürchten, 1959-USA * Michael Anderson ... Gideon Patch) (Roman von Hammond Innes) (5911)

The Naked Edge (Ein Mann geht seinen Weg, 1960-GB/USA * Michael Anderson ... George Radcliffe) (Roman von Max Ehrlich) (?-12; 6108)

AWARDS

New York Film Critics Circle Award (bester Darsteller) für Sergeant York (1941)

Academy Award / Oscar (bester Hauptdarsteller) für Sergeant York (1942)

Academy Award / Oscar (bester Hauptdarsteller) für High Noon (1953)

Golden Globe (bester Darsteller - Kategorie Drama) für High Noon (1953)

Ehren-Oscar (1961)

BOOKS

Gary Cooper: Gib dem Glück die Sporen: Die Geschichte meines Lebens. Berlin: Henschel, 1991 > 159 S. : Ill. * Filmographie

Homer Dickens: Gary Cooper und seine Filme. München: Goldmann, 1982 > 253 S. : überw. Ill.

René Jordan: Gary Cooper: seine Filme - sein Leben. München: Heyne, 1989 > 191 S. : zahlr. Ill. * Filmograhie, Bibliographie, Register

Jeffrey Meyers: Gary Cooper: American Hero. London: Aurum, 2005 > 384 S. : Ill. * Cooper's films, bibliography, index

David Thomson: Gary Cooper. New York: Faber and Faber, 2010 > 129 S. : Ill. * filmography

G. Bruce Boyer: Gary Cooper: Enduring Style. New York: Powerhouse Books, 2011 > 192 S. : überw. Ill.


Mariapaola Pierini: Gary Cooper: il cinema dei divi, l'America degli eroi. Recco: Le Mani, 2011 > x, 411 p., [32] p. of plates : Ill. * filmografia, bibliografia, indice dei nomi e dei film

Gary Cooper è il caso classico di attore cinematografico: questo sostiene Orson Welles. Per Cecil B. DeMille la recitazione di Cooper è la combinazione di sicura autorevolezza e apparente disinvoltura che contraddistingue la vera arte. Secondo John Barrymore era il più grande attore del mondo. I trentacinque anni della carriera di Gary Cooper corrono paralleli alla stagione più florida del cinema hollywoodiano, costellati di film di grandissimo successo che fecero di lui la perfetta incarnazione dell’eroe americano. Dagli esordi come comparsa negli ultimi anni del muto, l’attore diventò una delle star più amate e pagate negli anni Trenta e Quaranta. Lubitsch, Capra, Hawks, e poi Hathaway, DeMille, Wyler e Zinnemann furono tra i registi che meglio seppero valorizzare il suo stile recitativo essenziale, scarno e prettamente cinematografico. Laconico, schivo ed elegante nella vita, seppe incarnare sullo schermo eroi del west, soldati coraggiosi e brillanti uomini di mondo. Il libro - prima monografia italiana interamente dedicata all’attore - esamina la figura di Cooper da molteplici prospettive e sulla scorta di un’ampia ricerca d’archivio. La ricostruzione della sua carriera corre parallela all’analisi della sua immagine divistica, attraverso la variegata galleria di personaggi, le collaborazioni con registi e l’analisi dei film più celebri.

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