Toronto Film Society is proud to be co-promoting two very special films with Toronto Jewish Film Festival.
CARL LAEMMLE (2018) 91 minutes
Director: James Freedman
Carl Laemmle is best known as the film industry pioneer who founded Universal Pictures. Among many artistic accomplishments, he made stars out of Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, encouraged early women filmmakers, like Lois Weber, and gave promising filmmakers John Ford and William Wyler their start. After immigrating to America from Germany, Laemmle became a cinema owner, a film distributor and producer, and eventually moved to California where he built the first film studio – Universal City. Later, when faced with restrictions on Jewish immigration, he worked tirelessly to bring Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany to America. At last, the kind-hearted maverick known as Uncle Carl is given his due.
Screening dates are Friday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk 6 – $10 each
and Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Innis Town Hall – $15 adults/$11 students or seniors
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WHAT NOW, LITTLE MAN (1934) 98 minutes
Director: Frank Borzage
Cast: Margaret Sullavan, Douglass Montgomery, Alan Hale
Presented in 35mm. Directed by Frank Borzage (The Mortal Storm), Little Man, What Now? is based on the best-selling novel by Hans Fallada. “This film zeroes in on German society at a time when many criticized Hollywood for not being more anti-Nazi” (Steven Carr, author of Hollywood and Anti-Semitism). Though it never mentions the country by name, Little Man, What Now? is both an exception to and a reflection of Hollywood’s hesitation at the time to confront the frightening situation in Germany as it was unfolding. Produced at Universal Pictures, this is a touching love story about the struggles of a young couple (played by Margaret Sullavan and Douglass Montgomery) during the chaotic final days of the Weimar era and eve of the Third Reich, as the German economy is spiraling out of control.
Screening date is Friday, May 10 at 3:30 p.m. at Innis Town Hall – $10 each
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