The Landlord R

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  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 14, 2019
  • Originally Released: 1970
  • Label: KL Studio Classics
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: The Racial Gap - interview with star Beau Bridges
    • Reflections - interview with star Lee Grant
    • Norman Jewison and Hal Ashby - Style and Substance: interview with producer Norman Jewison
    • Theatrical trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
    • Subtitles - English

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Total Count: 12


User Ratings: 868
Liberal guilt, with a few good laughs, a lot of frantic activity, and the occasional backfire. Full Review
Chicago Reader
May 7, 2013
Rating: B+ -- Hal Ashby's feature directing debut is a poignant social satire about racial tensions in New York, extremely well acted by Beau Bridges and Lee Grant in an Oscar-nominated role. Full Review
Aug 7, 2010
[T]he film is capable of real subtlety...
Sight and Sound
Dec 1, 2012
Hal Ashby's début film as a director is one of his best. Full Review
New Yorker
Apr 7, 2016
It's a compelling and adventurous spectacle, which feels simultaneously like a time capsule and a crucial influence on such recent films as The Royal Tenenbaums and Half Nelson.
Sep 20, 2007
...[An] underappreciated cult movie....The film has a distinctive look, as well it should...
USA Today
Jun 7, 1996
The Landlord succeeds thanks to terrific performances, political nous, flawless photography from Gordon Willis, a handful of sublimely witty moments and an overall sense of rebellious fun. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006

Product Description:

Elgar Enders (Beau Bridges), a rich but good-hearted dilettante, buys a tenement building in a run-down part of Brooklyn. He wants, with no evil intent, to evict all the African American tenants and rip out all the floors so he can hang gigantic works of art in his new home. When he moves into an empty apartment he meets the tenants, a colorful collection of 1960s types. Pearl Bailey and Lou Gossett stand out in their small roles. When Elgar starts to make repairs to the tenant's apartments, he slowly becomes involved with their lives. He becomes romantically involved with a married tenant, Fanny (Diana Sands), and a dancer, Lanie (Marki Bey), whom he meets at a local bar. This is contrasted with his interactions with his stiff upper-crust family, dominated by his mother (Lee Grant). Her visit to the tenement results in a delightfully comic scene with Bailey.

Directed by Hal Ashby, beautifully shot by Gordon Willis, and produced by Norman Jewison (for whom Ashby had edited IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT), this first feature by Ashby clearly shows his attraction to offbeat material, which would reach an apogee in HAROLD AND MAUDE, but it is also one of the few real attempts from this time period to explore, in a multifaceted manner, the issues of race and class in America. The film is based on the novel by Kristin Hunter.

Plot Synopsis:

Elgar Enders is a young white man hailing from an upper-crust, snobby family. Bored and aimless, he decides to purchase a Brooklyn tenement, restore it, and create his own private palace. But once he meets the building's black tenants, Elgar is drawn to them and fascinated by their lives, which are so different from his. As a result, the spoiled Elgar begins to see life--and himself--in a new light.


Production Notes:

  • The story takes place in Park Slope in Brooklyn.
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