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The Landlord (1970)

At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his ... See full summary »

Director:

Hal Ashby

Writers:

Bill Gunn (screenplay), Kristin Hunter (novel)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Elgar
Lee Grant ... Mrs. Enders
Diana Sands ... Fanny
Pearl Bailey ... Marge
Walter Brooke ... Mr. Enders
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Copee (as Lou Gossett)
Marki Bey ... Lanie
Mel Stewart ... Professor Duboise (as Melvin Stewart)
Susan Anspach ... Susan Enders
Robert Klein ... Peter (as Bob Klein)
Will Mackenzie ... William Jr.
Gretchen Walther Gretchen Walther ... Doris
Doug Grant Doug Grant ... Walter Gee (as Douglas Grant)
Stanley Greene Stanley Greene ... Heywood
Oliver Clark ... Mr. Farcus
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Storyline

At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his intention is to evict the black tenants and convert it into a posh flat. But Elgar is not one to be bound by yesterday's urges, and soon he has other thoughts on his mind. He's grown fond of the black tenants and particularly of Fanny, the wife of a black radical; he's maybe fallen in love with Lanie, a mixed race girl; he's lost interest in redecorating his home. Joyce, his mother has not relinquished this interest and in one of the film's most hilarious sequences gives her Master Charge card to Marge, a black tenant and appoints her decorator. Written by alfiehitchie

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El casero See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening shot is of director Hal Ashby's actual (and short-lived) marriage to actress Joan Marshall. He is flanked by the film's star, Beau Bridges (his best man) on the left and producer Norman Jewison on the right. See more »

Quotes

Elgar Winthrop Julius Enders: Joyce, you are a liberated butch american broad. 'Doesn't mean I don't love you.
Joyce Enders: What does it mean, dear?
Elgar Winthrop Julius Enders: It means I'm going to do what I want with my damn life.
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Connections

Featured in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Doin' Me Dirty
Lyrics and Music by Al Kooper
Sung by Lorraine Ellison
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How Is This Film So Ignored?!
24 September 2007 | by tedpaul_99See all my reviews

Recently watched Hal Ashby's directorial debut, "The Landlord" at Manhattan's Film Forum. A complete revelation. How has it happened that this film is not as known as others from the same period? It is easily among the top films of the Hollywood renaissance of the '70s. Its take on racism is as fresh and complex as it was in 1970. In fact, one other reviewer is dead wrong about the film having no intrinsic style. It is a film loaded with style. (And, if I may add, if this reviewer thinks that all films aren't made in the editing room than you're sadly mistaken.) The film is as complicated, multi-layered, messy and ultimately indefinable as the problem of racism itself. There is no way to honestly treat this subject by making a neat little package film. We've been peeling this onion for hundreds of years and we'll be peeling it for hundreds more. Racism is as deeply ingrained in our society as our love of money and power. This film is only a "chore to sit through" if you have an aversion to fantastic writing, unbelievably great characters, amazing cinematography, brilliant editing and, yes, a complexity born of its subject. A film for the ages. Now if only the ages will catch up.


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