The Warner Brothers
dir. Cass Warner, USA 2007, 94’, documentary, out of competition
An intimate, epic story created by Cass Warner the granddaughter of on of the founders of the Warner Bros. studio: courageous Harry Warner; honest Abe; visionary Sam; and volatile Jack—four pioneering brothers who built an empire on a dream and revolutionised Hollywood. Told through the eyes of family members and people who knew them and includes never before seen photos and footage. Four defiant brothers rose from immigrant poverty through personal tragedies to create a major studio with a social conscience.
The company's name originated from the four founding Warner brothers (born Wonskolaser or Wonsal before Anglicization): Harry, Albert, Sam (Aaron, Szmul i Hirsz), and Jack Warner. They emigrated as young children with their parents to Canada from Krasnosielc, Poland (Mazovian district). Jack, the youngest, was born in London, Ontario. The three elder brothers began in the movie theater business, having acquired a movie projector with which they showed films in the mining towns of Pennsylvania and Ohio. In the beginning, Sam and Albert Warner invested $150 to present Life of an American Fireman and The Great Train Robbery. They opened their first theater, the Cascade, in New Castle, Pennsylvania, in 1903.
Language: English. Subtitles: Polish.