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

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For the second half of the 20th century, Lew Wasserman was the most powerful man in show business, even if most people had no idea who he was. Born in Cleveland, OH, in 1913, Wasserman started out booking music for mob-controlled night clubs, and soon became an agent for Music Corporation of America, which became the most lucrative music agency in America. As Wasserman rose through the ranks at MCA, he established such innovative business practices as "packaging" talent (booking hot acts only in … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Documentary, Television
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Written By: Barry Avrich
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On DVD: Dec 20, 2005
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for The Last Mogul (Life and Times of Lew Wasserman)

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

Highly entertaining.

November 4, 2005
New York Post
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Lew Wasserman, who rose from the streets of Cleveland to become the most powerful man in Hollywood, is the subject of this absorbing documentary.

Full Review… | November 4, 2005
New York Times
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Avrich's Wasserman is less a man than a list of accomplishments, a Kane without a hint of a Rosebud and nary a whiff of significant criticism.

Full Review… | November 1, 2005
Village Voice
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While indistinct stylistically and inconclusive biographically, The Last Mogul does have a certain allure.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Toronto Star
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In covering so much acreage, Avrich has failed to dig deep for material that might have shed more light on Wasserman's ways.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
Globe and Mail
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A smart, well-paced documentary that balances the man's triumphs with his rare failures and discerningly explores the darker side of his power.

Full Review… | June 23, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for The Last Mogul (Life and Times of Lew Wasserman)

One of the best documentaries out there on the inner workings of Hollywood. Any film lover should see what really goes on behind the scenes and this movie does exactly that. The book this film is based on is also well worth reading as well.

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