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1970, MGM Repertory, 112 min, USA, Dir: Hal Ashby

In this sharp, funny dramedy tackling race relations, Beau Bridges plays Elgar, a man from a wealthy family who buys an inner-city tenement building with the intention of renovating it himself - only to change his plans after he gets to know the tenants. Lee Grant received an Oscar nomination for her role as Elgar’s WASPy mother.

1971, Paramount, 91 min, Dir: Hal Ashby

Producer Robert Evans fought hard for nonconformist editor-turned-filmmaker Hal Ashby to be allowed to direct this wildly offbeat romance between suicidal youngster Bud Cort and eccentric, 80-year-old Ruth Gordon. The result is one of the most poignant and subversive films of the New Hollywood era.

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