Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

THE LAST MOGUL: LIFE AND TIMES OF LEW WASSERMAN

Year: 2004
Country: CANADA, USA
Language: English
Run Time: 110 minutes

The landscape of Hollywood would look much different today without the influence of longtime legendary movie mogul Lew Wasserman. Born in Cleveland in 1913 to Russian-Jewish immigrants, Wasserman made his way west where he practically owned Hollywood; he was an early and sustaining player. He owned the Music Corporation of America (MCA) which later bought Universal Studios, and he?s credited with establishing the careers of many filmmakers, most notably Steven Spielberg. When Seagram bought MCA, Wasserman retired, but remained on the board until 1998. He died in 2002. In this homage to the man in the thick, black-framed glasses, anyone and everyone from Jimmy Carter to Jack Valenti comments on Wasserman and his legacy.

Director
Barry Avrich

Producer
Tori Hockin, Nat Brescia

Cinematography
Charles Haggart

Editing
Alex Shuper

Principal Cast
Helen Gurley Brown, Jimmy Carter, Dominick Dunne, Robert Evans, Jay Kanter, Larry King, Michael Ovitz, Suzanne Pleshette, Sydney Pollack, Jack Valenti

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