100 Years of Hollywood

Red carpet, frenzies of flashlights, smoking and evening dress: Hollywood celebrates its anniversary. For 100 years the city of Angels has been the international movie mecca. Hollywood is the ultimate American Dream – which is why nobody would expect its success story to have its origins in smalltown Germany – Laupheim – home of the Swabian immigrant Carl Laemmle.

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  • 09/2011 - "100 Years of Hollywood" at the Berlin & Beyond Festival in San Francisco

    “100 Years of Hollywood” will be screened on 26th October at the 16th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in San [...]

    "100 Years of Hollywood" will be screened on 26th October at the 16th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco.

    16th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival


  • 02/2011 - TV-Premiere of “100 Years of Hollywood – The Carl Laemmle Story”

    ARTE theme-night presents the first broadcast of our documentary “100 years of Hollywood – The Carl Laemmle Story” on Sunday, [...]

    ARTE theme-night presents the first broadcast of our documentary "100 years of Hollywood - The Carl Laemmle Story" on Sunday, 13 March 2011 at 10:00 pm and on Wednesday, 16 March 2011 at 2:55 am.


  • 05/2012 - "100 Years of Hollywood" at Frankfurt Film Museum

    As part of a film season on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Universal Studios the German Film [...]

    As part of a film season on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Universal Studios the German Film Museum will show our documentary "100 Years of Hollywood" about the German immigrant who founded the Universal Film Manufacturing Company back in 1912. The screening takes place on saturday, 2nd of June at 6 pm at the Film Museum in Frankfurt.

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100 Years of Hollywood

The Carl Laemmle Story

Red carpet, frenzies of flashlights, smoking and evening dress: Hollywood celebrates its anniversary. For 100 years the city of Angels has been the international movie mecca. Hollywood is the ultimate American Dream – which is why nobody would expect its success story to have its origins in smalltown Germany – Laupheim – home of the Swabian immigrant Carl Laemmle.

Coinciding with Hollywood’s centenary the documentary „100 years of Hollywood – The Carl Laemmle Story“ traces the life of this small man from Germany, who came to own the world’s biggest film studio. Together with his niece, the actress Carla Laemmle, who was born in the same year the Dream Factory was set up 100 years ago, we embark on a fascinating journey through film history – going back in time, where everything was just „wild“, where at Universal, the first Hollywood Studio ever, Native Americans, elephants and monsters lurked around every corner.

In never broadcasted before archive material we suffer with the grand gestures of silent screen diva Mary Pickford, and experience spine-tingling horror facing the Phantom of the Opera Lon Chaney, Frankenstein Boris Karloff and Dracula Bela Lugosi. We fear for the hereos in „All Quiet on the Western Front“ and celebrate Carl Laemmle’s Academy Award for this courageous film.

It’s a unique life’s work, upon which „100 years of Hollywood“ not only looks back. The film also searches for Carl Laemmle’s present traces. In spring 2010 author and director Kai Christiansen and his team, cameraman Torben Müller and sound engineer Beate Müller travelled to California. There, they delved into Carl Laemmle’s legacy accompanied by today’s stars and filmmakers. VIP-journalist Frances Schoenberger opens the door to her Hollywood Hills home, actor John Malkovich and three time Academy Award winning composer Howard Shore offer insights into their personal success stories and director Peter Bogdanovich, who worked with many of Hollywood’s early stars, tells hilarious insider anecdotes. The film „100 years of Hollywood – The Carl Laemmle Story“ offers a unique view behind the scenes of the world’s most succesful film factory.

Director: Kai Christiansen
Script: Reinhardt Beetz, Kai Christiansen
Collaboration: Ira Beetz, John Mikulenka, Oliver Richardt
Camera: Torben Müller, René Jung, Jost Bradke, Christian Eichenauer
Sound: Beate Müller, Susanne Heinz, Toni Wilk
Editor: Christoph Senn, Ramin Sabeti
Soundmix: Pierre Brand
Music: Nils Kacirek
Animation/Graphics: Eike Mählmann
Narrator: Frank Arnold, Carmen Molinar, Rainer Schmitt, Matthias Scherwenikas
Production Manager: Thomas Lorenz (SWR), Hannah Lenitzki
Production Assistants: Malte Hadeler, Stefan Strömer
Production Supervisor: Daniela Schöne
Producer: Ira Beetz, Cordula Stadter
Executive Producer: Reinhardt Beetz
Commissioning Editor: Kurt Schneider (SWR)

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