WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Dir. James L. Freedman | 91 min
Saturday, May 188:20 PM Bethesda Row Cinema
Saturday, May 256:00 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.
- ""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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