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THE LANDLORD
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.


HAROLD AND MAUDE
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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