March 14, 2021, 4:00 PM
Carl Laemmle was the German-born Jewish immigrant who founded Universal Pictures and saved over 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany . While working in the garment trade, a chance encounter at a Nickelodeon set Laemmle on a path which includes initiating the immigration of filmmakers to Hollywood, and establishing Universal City. Laemmle produced successful monster pictures, westerns, and comedies. He hired many who would go on to become Hollywood legends, including Walt Disney and John Ford. He also valued the expertise of women and payrolled a high percentage of female directors. Unafraid to tackle social issues, Laemmle championed progressive values and humanitarian causes on and off the screen. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Director James L. Freedman.
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