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Carl Laemmle

November 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

$6 – $15

Spotlight Film

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

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

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, director of the critically acclaimed HBO documentary,Glickman (2013).

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!


November 10, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$6 – $15


Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF)
(215) 545-4400


National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S Independence Mall E
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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(215) 923-3811