A new look at the films of Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures

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Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures was founded in 1912 by a Ger­man im­mi­grant called Carl Laemmle. More than 100 years later, it re­mains a Hol­ly­wood pow­er­house, with 2015’s Juras­sic World gross­ing bil­lions of dol­lars. But this screening of Uni­ver­sal films at New York’s Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art fo­cuses on a free­wheel­ing era from 1928 to 1939, when fi­nan­cial troubles forced the stu­dio into the hands of its cred­i­tors. But the era also yielded fas­ci­nat­ing films such as Tay Gar­nett’s Okay, Amer­ica and Ed­ward L Cahn’s 1933 mas­ter­work Laugh­ter in Hell. A re­stored ver­sion of the 1930 mu­si­cal King of Jazz will also be screened. Uni­ver­sal

Pic­tures: Restora­tions and Redis­cov­er­ies, 1928 to 1937 runs un­til June 15. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.moma.org.

Cour­tesy NBCUniver­sal

The Rus­sell Mark­ert Dancers in King of Jazz (1930), to be screened at MoMA, New York.

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