Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Last Mogul: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman (2005)

Director: Barry Avrich

Writer: Barry Avrich

Composers: Frank Kitching, Jim McGrath

Starring: Lew Wasserman, Jimmy Carter, Larry King, Alan Ladd Jr., Michael Ovitz, Suzanne Pleshette, Sydney Pollack, Steven Spielberg, Jack Valenti, Richard D. Zanuck, David Brown

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Scandal. Power. Corruption. Finally, a true Hollywood story.

Plot: Interviews with Tinseltown's biggest names recount the story behind the MCA president who controlled Hollywood for more than half a century.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

I'd only heard of this cat but I had no idea he was so powerful.  That he was a ruthless asshole is not surprising.  I can't imagine someone building an empire based on power and fear without being that way.  There's no way a picture like this could have been made if he were alive.  A lot of people skirt around some of the bad things he did to get his way and more than a few talk about how wonderful he was to be around when things went his way.  I think most people are great to be around when they're really happy.  Still, this guy built an empire the likes of which we will never see again.  The title is most apropos.  If you dig films on old Hollywood like me, you need to check this out.  There are tons of interviews and even more famous names and faces. 

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