Gary Cooper, the Irresistible

Gary Cooper´s daughter, Maria Cooper Janis, talks about the acting career of her father who did his own research on “who that man was he was going to portray”. You believed the character he played was real and she quotes her father as saying: “If I know who this person is I don´t have to act”. And he achieved this by an uncanny ability to project his personality onto the character he played. 

Film historians Marc Wanamaker and Joseph McBride comment on the carefully chosen film clips and paint a picture of the actor and man who got his first Oscar with Sergeant York and his second with High Noon.  His friendship with Frank Capra resulted in Mister Deeds Goes to Town and Meet John Doe in which Cooper added a new type of hero to his repertoire, the champion of the common man.

Directors : Clara Kuperberg & Julia Kuperberg
Production : Wichita Films
Producers : Clara Kuperberg & Julia Kuperberg
Networks : OCS
Year : 2019
Running time : 55 minutes


Gary Cooper (footage)

Maria Cooper
Daughter of Gary Cooper

Joseph McBride
Film Historian

Marc Wanamaker
Film Historian

Selected at the Lumiere Film Festival 2019