John Mulholland (director)

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John Mulholland is a film historian[1] and an American writer and director, specializing in documentaries. He was born in New York City, where he still lives. Mulholland's most recent documentary is Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen, exploring the 20-year friendship between actor Gary Cooper and author Ernest Hemingway.[2]


Mulholland began writing documentaries in 1980 for ARTS, a cable channel which had been recently formed by ABC. Among some of his documentaries for ARTS, are:

Mulholland left ARTS after it folded into Arts & Entertainment. Always interested in pre-1960s Hollywood films, Mulholland was intrigued by the posthumous reputations of such stars as Gary Cooper and Glenn Ford, and directors such as Fred Zinnemann and William Wyler, whose legacies had suffered because of the auteur theory so prevalent in critical and academic circles.[3] Mulholland went on to explore, in two documentaries, both Cooper as actor and as central participant in the complex political controversies which almost derailed two of his most notable films:

Among some of Mulholland's other documentaries which focus on classic Hollywood, are:

  • Liza Minnelli Reflecting: Liza Minnelli, solo on-camera, reflecting on her career, her parents, and her personal life.
  • Reflections On Gaslight: Angela Lansbury offers first-person memories of playing — and negotiating the uneasy waters of acting in her first film — in 1944's Gaslight.
  • As Time Goes By: Reflections by the children of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman on the behind-the-scenes conflicts and animosities during the filming of Casablanca.

2013 saw the release of Mulholland's documentary Cooper & Hemingway: The True Gen, produced by Richard Zampella, narrated by Sam Waterston, with Len Cariou as the voice of Ernest Hemingway.[7][8]

In 2015 Mulholland worked on a documentary on author Elmore Leonard with Richard Zampella.[9]

ICONS Radio Hour[edit]

Mulholland hosted a radio podcast show, ICONS Radio Hour, for four years, from 2007 to 2010. He interviewed both current Hollywood artists and those with first-hand knowledge of the Classic Hollywood era. At times, Mulholland was joined by author and film historian Meir Z. Ribalow.[10]

Declaration of Reasonable Doubt[edit]

Mulholland is among the list of signatories who have expressed doubts about the identity of William Shakespeare, joining such as Mark Twain, Mark Rylance, Derek Jacobi, and Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and John Paul Stevens, among a host of other notables.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "John Mulholland on C-Span".
  2. ^ "John Mulholland and Robert Osborne on True Gen".
  3. ^ "Gary Cooper: Man Of The West, by John Mulholland".
  4. ^ "American Society of Cinematographers review, Inside High Noon".
  5. ^ "Mulholland interviewed on NPR, Leonard Lopate".
  6. ^ Birdwell, Michael (2000). Celluloid Soldiers The Warner Bros. Campaign Against Nazism, NYU Press, NYC, NY. ISBN 9780814798713
  7. ^ "NY Times Review". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "Mulholland and Patrick Hemingway JFK Library Boston".
  9. ^ Staff, BroadwayWorld. October 12, 2015 John Mulholland & Richard Zampella Filming Interviews for Elmore Leonard Documentary
  10. ^ "ICONS Radio Hour". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18.
  11. ^ Shakespeare Authorship Coalition

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