James Stewart, Robert Mitchum: The Two Faces of America
The documentary, produced by Mitchum's daughter, Trina Mitchum, is a joy to watch, naturally. For any classic movie lover, seeing those close to Stewart and Mitchum discuss their careers and personalities will never be boring but Monro does a good job of keeping the movie working for those with little interest in the stars' careers at all. That's because of the theory.
Here it is in a nutshell: Stewart represents the naïve, kind and gentle America that succeeded in the face of adversity, helped others whenever it could and presented something to emulate. Mitchum represents the "bad boy" side of America, still kind and generous but the kind of guy you want with you when you want to have a good time or maybe do something a little shady. Again, the theory is pretty thin, but it works well enough to keep everything going while the viewer enjoys listening to critics like Leonard Maltin discuss why these two actors were so appealing and not just in the states but internationally.
It's great to see documentaries in which Hollywood legends are dissected for an audience in good faith by family, friends and critics not looking to tear them down or build them up but simply share what the world has lost. Gregory Monro did a wonderful thing and Trina Mitchum should be proud. I know Jimmy and Bob would have been.
Director: Gregory Monro
Writer: Gregory Monro
Producers: Celine Loiseau, Trina Mitchum
Cinematography: Nicolas Le Gal , Patrick Selvage
Film Editing: Juliette Haubois
Sound Department: Géraud Bec
Cast: Trina Mitchum (Herself), Kelly Stewart (Herself), Judy Stewart (Herself), Victoria Tennant (Herself), Leonard Maltin (Himself), Leo Braudy (Himself), James Stewart (Himself, archive footage), Robert Mitchum (Himself, archive footage), Gloria Stewart (Herself, archive footage), Dorothy Mitchum (Herself, archive footage)
By Greg Ferrara