Carl Laemmle


Spotlight Film

Sunday, November 10, 2019
2 PM @ National Museum of American Jewish History

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General Admission: $15 | Seniors: $13 | *Students: $6

*Because student ID is required, tickets may only be purchased in-person.

Director: James L. Freedman
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Running Time: 1 hr 31 min
Language: English

Sponsored by: Nancy and David Colman; Patricia Saddier-Dana

Philadelphia Premiere

“When the Nazis came to power, most of the world looked the other way, but not Carl Laemmle.”

-Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder of Simon Wiesenthal Center

Carl Laemmle, the German-born Jewish immigrant who founded Universal Pictures and saved over 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany, gets his due in this riveting biopic by James L. Freedman (Glickman). While building a name for himself in the garment trade, a chance encounter at a neighborhood Nickelodeon set Laemmle on an entirely different path — a trajectory that would include leading the fight against Thomas Edison’s ruthless attempts to monopolize the film industry, initiating the immigration of filmmakers to Hollywood, and establishing Universal City.

Known to everyone as Uncle Carl, Laemmle produced wildly successful monster pictures, westerns, and comedies. With an eye for talent, he hired many who would go on to become Hollywood legends, including Walt Disney and John Ford. Rare for his time, he also valued the expertise of women and payrolled a high percentage of female directors. Unafraid to tackle social issues, as with the Oscar-winning anti-war drama All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Laemmle championed progressive values and humanitarian causes on and off the screen. While many of his contemporaries looked the other way during the Holocaust, Laemmle sponsored visas for over 300 Jewish families to immigrate to the U.S., securing jobs and housing for the displaced refugees.

Featuring a wealth of archival footage, as well as interviews with film luminaries, historians, and descendants of Laemmle, this exceptional documentary is an absolute must for cinema lovers and history buffs alike!

Special Guest: Trav S.D. | Author on Hollywood History


Official Selection:

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival
  • Miami Jewish Film Festival
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival
  • Washington Jewish Film Festival