A new look at the films of Universal Pictures
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.
The Russell Markert Dancers in King of Jazz (1930), to be screened at MoMA, New York.