American Masters: Season 22, Episode 4

You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (23 Sep. 2008)

TV Episode  -   -  Documentary | Biography | History
8.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 162 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1043 titles
created 07 Jul 2011
 
a list of 655 titles
created 14 Jun 2012
 
list image
a list of 26 titles
created 24 Jul 2012
 
a list of 6418 titles
created 01 Apr 2013
 
a list of 95 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (23 Sep 2008)

You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story (23 Sep 2008) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of American Masters.
« Previous Episode | 144 of 189 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode credited cast:
...
Himself - Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Benjamin Disraeli / Montgomery Royle
...
Herself - Interviewee
...
Don Jose de Marana / Don Juan de Marana
Jeanine Basinger ...
Herself - Interviewee
...
Julian Marsh
...
Himself - Interviewee
...
Himself - Interviewee
...
Himself - Interviewee
...
Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Eugenie Besserer ...
Sara Rabinowitz
...
Dot
...
Harve
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself - Interviewee
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 September 2008 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(long)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The four parts of the longer version were: "You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet (1923-1935)"; "Good War, Uneasy Peace (1935-1950)"; "Age of Anxiety: 1950-1969"; and "Starting Over: 1970-1990." See more »

Connections

Features A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Hard to shoe-horn everything about this studio into one documentary...
17 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

but I think it split the difference between being entertaining to those casually interested in film history and those that are professional students of such material.

I first saw this documentary on PBS, and it is highly recommended for anyone who is interested in film history and the history of the most successful entertainment empire today - Warner Brothers. It's much better than "Here's Looking At You", the documentary made in the 90's on the studio. For one, there is one consistent narrator - Clint Eastwood, rather than a series of personalities as there was in "Here's Looking at You". In "Here's Looking at You" it seems like these series of narrators are there to show themselves off rather than talk about studio history. Eastwood keeps the focus on the studio, its product, and its strategy.

Of course, as the studio moves into the era of special effects the documentary can't help but show off a little bit with some of their superhero and fantasy films, but I'll grant them that. Because so many of the directors that were around when Warners transformed from an upstart playing with sound to a major studio have passed on, they have interviews from the 60's and 70's with directors such as Mervin Le Roy talking about what it was like in the early days. Of course, there is a big focus on Jack Warner who turned out to be a much shrewder studio head than his nemesis Louis B. Mayer over at MGM. It shows how Warner made the decisions that got the studio through the depression, the war, and the competition of television.

I might have missed it, but I don't think the documentary talked too much about a very bad move that Jack Warner made that only the good fortune of the future managed to rectify. At one point Jack Warner sold the pre-1949 Warner film library to raise capital. Warner Bros. would today remain a studio with the finest part of its legacy no longer under its control had it not been for Ted Turner purchasing the RKO/pre-1949 WB/pre-1986 MGM film library in the 80's and then reuniting it under Warner Bros. control at the turn of the century when Ted Turner sold his interests in his cable network and film library back to Time-Warner. This is mentioned in "When the Lion Roared", the sister documentary on MGM, also recommended.

In conclusion, this is a very good documentary on the history of Warner Bros. and its lasting film legacy. Highly recommended.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where can I find this? Hkykix38
None Without Sin jumpinjosh49
A Duke Named Ellington DVD marlisda
Who was the narrator on the Gershwin documentary??? richmond-4
Atlantic Records PACman66
Marilyn Monroe jillgarnett

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?