It’s scary to think that the art of cinema is nearly 140 years old (with the first ever film believed to be shot in 1888). As the industry was finding its feet during the 1920s, Warner Bros. was birthed by four brothers, though they likely didn’t know how much of a titan the studio would be in the 21st Century.
HBO Max is celebrating 100 years of Warner Bros. with a new documentary that explores their rich, and complicated history over the last century. The documentary, narrated by Morgan Freeman, is filled with interviews by some of the greatest living directors and actors including, Martin Scorsese, Harvey Keitel, Keanu Reeves, Patty Jenkins, Mel Brooks, Baz Lurhman, and many more.
You can watch the full trailer below:
The documentary, directed by Leslie Iwerks (Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible), explores the founding of the company by Jack L. Warner, Sam Warner, Harry Warner, and Albert Warner. As well as its meteoric rise through Hollywood, the doc highlights some of the company’s biggest missteps and shady dealings.
As well as the company’s history, the documentary takes a deep dive into some of the studio’s most beloved, and influential movies, like The Maltese Falcon, Mean Streets, Cool Hand Luke, Blade Runner, The Exorcist, and Blazing Saddles, among others.
This 4-part documentary will premiere on HBO Max, releasing its first two episodes on May 24, with the third and fourth segments releasing on June 1.