An insider's account of a founding father of the American film industry. Produced by Jack Warner's grandson, filmmaker Gregory Orr, this feature length documentary provides the rags to ... See full summary »
An insider's account of a founding father of the American film industry. Produced by Jack Warner's grandson, filmmaker Gregory Orr, this feature length documentary provides the rags to riches story of the man whose studio - Warner Bros - created many of Hollywood's most classic films, including "Casablanca," "Now Voyager," "Treasure or the Sierra Madre" "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "My Fair Lady," "Bonnie & Clyde" and hundreds more. Includes extensive interviews with family members and friends, film clips, rare home movies and unique location footage. Written by
Wow....it's interesting to have watched this after I'd already seen "The Brothers Warner" (2008). "The Brothers Warner" was a very long, thorough and no holds barred biography on all four of the Warners--with a strong emphasis on Jack. And, because it was made with the help and cooperation of the families of the other three brothers, it was VERY uncomplimentary and described him as practically an incarnation of the Devil! But, with "Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul", the film was made with significant help of his grandson, son-in-law and son--and you hear fewer of the accounts of what a jerk Jack was--and history has well established that he was an awful person. Still, the film is interesting...but also VERY, VERY short. The biggest problem is that the history of the studio itself seemed an afterthought at best and the context for the things he did seemed to be missing. As a result, it just felt sketchy and superficial.
My advice is to skip this film unless you have already watched "The Brothers Warner" and just want more....otherwise, just see "The Brothers Warner"--it's better in every possible way.
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