Directed by James L. Freedman (USA, 2018, 91 min.). Digital. Massachusetts premiere.
A pioneering mogul of early cinema, Carl Laemmle founded Universal Pictures in 1912. Under Laemmle, Universal was pure innovation and risk-taking, producing hundreds of comedies, westerns, and seminal monster movies (Phantom of the Opera; Frankenstein; Dracula). He helped establish Hollywood, California, as the world’s movie capital and beat back Thomas Edison’s monopolization of the film industry. He hired women directors and African American actors, giving many Hollywood legends their start, including Walt Disney, John Ford, William Wyler, and Irving Thalberg. But Laemmle’s legacy extends far beyond movies: he dedicated his personal fortune to rescuing more than 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany. Laemmle certainly lived his motto: “it can be done.” An absolute must for cinema lovers!
Followed by a discussion with Brandeis Professor Thomas Doherty, author Hollywood and Hitler.
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