The Last Mogul: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman (DVD)

Directed by Barry Avrich

Year: 2005
Running Time: 103
UPC: 7 38329 04932 4
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English [audio]
$24.95 $18.71 (25% off) Buy DVD
Only ships to US & Canada

Also Available On:

Amazon

The Last Mogul: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman (DVD)

Cast
Robert Evans
Michael Ovitz
Jimmy Carter

Crew
Directed by Barry Avrich

WITH PETER BART, DAVID BROWN, HELEN GURLEY BROWN, JIMMY CARTER, CHARLES CHAMPLIN, DOMINICK DUNNE, ROBERT EVANS, LARRY KING, ALAN LADD JR., MICHAEL OVITZ, SUZANNE PLESHETTE, JACK VALENTI, RICHARD ZANUCK, AND MANY MANY MORE.

"If Hollywood was Mount Olympus,' says movie industry lobbyist Jack Valenti in Barry Avrich's The Last Mogul: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman "then Lew Wasserman was Zeus." Over sixty years as power broker at MCA and head of Universal Studios, Wasserman rewrote the behind the scenes Hollywood rulebook. In this "highly entertaining" (NY Post) documentary, Avrich succeeds in doing the impossible - piercing the shroud of silence surrounding a man who kept no notes, gave no interviews, and remains as feared in death as he was in life.

Lew Wasserman mastered the art of the deal with a ruthlessness and style all his own. "Dress British, think Yiddish," the invariably power-suited Wasserman advised his underlings. It was that mixture of cold-blooded imperialism and matzo-mafia chutzpah that brought Wasserman from Cleveland’s red-light rackets to Hollywood, and eventually extended his career-making and destroying reach from Sunset Boulevard to Pennsylvania Avenue. Out of the ashes of the studio system, Wasserman’s MCA became the first-ever entertainment conglomerate, gobbling up artists and contracts, pioneering the modern blockbuster, and forging sweetheart deals with union bosses, gangsters and US Presidents alike.

Featuring frank, juicy interviews with everyone from Robert Evans to Michael Ovitz to former President Jimmy Carter ("I don’t know if intimidation is the right word, but I took his calls"), The Last Mogul reveals show business' ultimate kingmaker in "sprightly, fast moving style" (New York Times) through the voices of those who knew him and feared him the most.

"A smart, well-paced documentary that balances the man’s triumphs with his rare failures and discerningly explores the darker side of his power."-Los Angeles Times

"Oscar worthy." -Hollywood Reporter

"Barry Avrich has talked to just about everyone and asked all the right questions in his fascinating documentary." -Roger Ebert

"Refreshingly honest... and paced with consummate skill." -Variety

  • Official Selection Seattle International Film Festival

Interested in bringing The Last Mogul: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

The Last Mogul: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.



To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.


Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 18 2018 at 6:20pm
RT' @okayplayer': EXCLUSIVE: With Grace Jones’ documentary 'Bloodlight and Bami' now out, we talked with director Sophie Fiennes about Jones’…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 18 2018 at 6:20pm
RT' @FilmInquiry': Sophie Fiennes’s brilliant new documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami provides an eye-opening look at both the priva…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 18 2018 at 6:19pm
RT' @r_emmet': New arrival: 2-disc set of The Sacrifice. With making-of doc, new interview with editor Michal Leszczylowski, and new commenta…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 18 2018 at 12:31pm
RT' @DustyFish770': 🎥 Just watched documentary' @OBITthefilm' by Vanessa Gould fascinating look into' @nytimes' obituary’s and writer’s who give…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 18 2018 at 12:26pm
RT' @ThePlaylist': EXCLUSIVE: Take a look at the first trailer and poster for Stanley Kubrick doc "Filmworker"' https://t.co/dfYEaEnO16' https:…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 18 2018 at 12:23pm
“A master class in the relationship between image production and ideology writ large.” –' @Slant_Magazine' Udo Kier…' https://t.co/KEgvPLbexA'
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 18 2018 at 12:17pm
RT' @eug': Congratulations,' @d_ninh' &' @KinoLorber'!!' https://t.co/AZk4PFW0MO'
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 18 2018 at 12:17pm
RT' @lee_gambin': Angela Lansbury in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE...one of the most chilling performances from a Cold War themed film. I will be…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 18 2018 at 12:17pm
RT' @zeitgeistfilms': MY FRIEND VICTORIA, a beautiful drama about race and class in contemporary Paris, adapted from a Doris Lessing story, i…
'@KinoLorber' on Apr. 17 2018 at 4:49pm
RT' @NuartTheatre': #SophieFiennes’ electrifying documentary on legendary glam-pop diva #GraceJones, GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI opens t…
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018

Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing rodrigo@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
email: edu@kinolorber.com