Carl Laemmle – The Film
2018 / 91 minutes
Directed by James L. Freedman
Studio Movie Grill Spring Valley
One of the most powerful moguls of Hollywood’s golden era and an unsung Jewish-American hero finally gets his due in this captivating documentary. A German-born immigrant who began in the garment trade, Carl Laemmle went on to found Universal Pictures. He produced hundreds of successful movies but also led on progressive issues – first by providing hard-to-come-by opportunities to female directors and African-American actors and later, by helping to rescue more than 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany.
Interviews with film luminaries, historians and friends, as well as a wealth of archival material elucidate the feats of this forward-thinking movie pioneer, whose legacy extends far beyond the silver screen.