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"The True Gen" is believed to have been first used by members of the Royal Air Force during World War II. Others say that gen is merely short for genuine. Whatever the case, "The True Gen" is used to distinguish accurate information from rumor, innuendo and speculation. Ernest Hemingway used the expression frequently.

The most famous American writer of the 20th Century. If you made up a character like Ernest Hemingway, how many would believe it? The mercurial Hemingway left people enchanted, hostile, endeared, confused, charmed, bruised, bitter. To everyone, he was an extraordinary, unforgettable presence.

In over 89 movies he portrayed pioneer, pilot, cowboy and soldier with charm and a succinct stateliness. Gary Cooper was the tall, Western American hero of 20th century film. In a 35-year movie career, Gary Cooper became one of Hollywood's leading men, commanding the screen and public appeal for decades.

He was Hollywood’s tight-lipped Common Man, he was the most famous American writer of the 20th Century ... utter opposites ... nothing in common ... impossible as friends ...and yet these two celebrated Americans -- Gary Cooper and Ernest Hemingway -- were the best of friends.

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The True Gen

Ernest Hemingway

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"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 would believe it. He’s just too good to be true.” 

- Ernest Hemingway on Gary Cooper

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In many ways it was the perfect match: Ernest Hemingway whose heroes personified his definition of courage - "grace under pressure" - and Gary Cooper, the man who often portrayed those characters on screen. Yet in other ways-politically, intellectually, and personally- Hemingway and Cooper were a study in contradictions. The story of this extraordinary 20+ year friendship is the focus of this documentary, the film narrated by Sam Waterson, features interviews with such Hollywood luminaries as Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston, George Plimpton, and Patricia Neal.

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Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen Film Screening

Virginia Tech School of the Arts Cinema Studies

February 11, 2014 at 7:00PM

Lyric Theater – 135 College Avenue, Blacksburg, VA 24060

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Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen

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Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen is now available on DVD from Passion River Films for American Studies to Colleges, Universities and Libraries.

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Official Selection and Showcased Film

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