Carl Laemmle

Dir. James L. Freedman | 91 min
Documentary United States 2018
English DC Premiere

Sunday, May 1912:20 AM Bethesda Row Cinema

Saturday, May 2510:00 PM AFI Silver Theatre

Carl Laemmle founded Universal Pictures, produced hundreds of blockbuster comedies, westerns, and monster movies, and gave scores of Hollywood legends their first breaks (among them Walt Disney, John Ford, and William Wyler). His credits as a founding father of modern cinema are unimpeachable, but remarkably, this success pales in comparison with his humanitarian deeds.

A German-Jewish immigrant himself, Laemmle did not stand idly by as the Hitler’s government took power, instead putting his personal clout and political standing on the line to fight this new threat. Along the way, he rescued over 300 Jewish refugee families fleeing Nazi Germany’s advance.

Co-presented by AJC Global Jewish Advocacy, Washington Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington


  • ""Carl Laemmle" is a riveting, fast-paced film that pays a long-overdue tribute to one of the cinema's more courageous risk-takers, a man who was also a great humanitarian and a hero of the Holocaust era"The Bay Area Reporter

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