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The Landlord Reviews

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½ July 22, 2011
Quite an interesting and ground-breaking movie for 1970. A rich, white, young and naive man buys a block of flats in a New York slum and finds that it is a little more than he can handle. This movie came out only 3 years after "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," and I appreciate that it contributed its part to breaking racial barriers by increasing understanding and compassion by including inter-racial couples and and relationships, which even to this day are still challenged in places like the South.
May 23, 2011
I thought this was a positive movie but not a great movie. I liked the message and the honesty, the humor was lacking. Felt like the most interesting part was seeing how dramatically different the Park Slope/Prospect Heights area was in the early 70s.
February 16, 2011
all who live or dwell in park slope must watch this movie. this ghetto WAS your neighborhood.
½ February 13, 2011
Beau Bridges plays such a convincing upper class loser in the debut film by Hal Ashby about a rich kid who buys a home in the ghetto as a pet project. With a lot of humor, cynicism and honesty Ashby gives his thoughts on race and class in the early 70's in a way that could not be done today.
January 25, 2011
An interesting time capsule of 70s Park Slope at the beginning of gentrification. Though the satire/message was a bit heavy handed and it wasn't very satisfying as a story or character study. There was some good filmmaking in parts though with good structure and editing. I thought the last scene was well put together.
Super Reviewer
December 16, 2010
This comedy is very funny, but at the same time tries to get across the fact that people of different racial backgrounds can get along and live together. I really enjoyed this movie.
½ December 8, 2010
Lovely as a document of the 70th, But-
very obvious in details
½ December 15, 2009
This is unique movie with great dialog. Great characters abound here. Well worth a look.
November 22, 2009
A slow moving, manufactured study of culture clash. Rich white boy buys tenement house in plans of booting residents. Good acting, good direction and good, but not great, script. The racial analysis is interesting, if overt. Worth seeing, if it can be found.
August 15, 2009
Interesting, nothing else.
February 20, 2009
recommended by Eric, magnolia12883.
½ July 17, 2008
The Landlord is a new wave movie made in America that's half-wacky and half-genius. The tapestry of racial anger and white humiliation zips by with the craziest editing style this side of early Godard. It's an acid based precursor to "Do The Right Thing" made by a white boy.
April 19, 2008
Who knew Beau Bridges was a baby face and was kind of adorable when he was a young man? Excellent film about race and class.
January 18, 2008
Oh my, is this movie hard to take. Beau Bridges as a lily-white upper class tightass who buys a tenement in Park Slope as an investment. Yes, this is all before Park Slope became baby-stroller hell, and Beau's in for it from the hard-done-by residents of his building. Cringe-inducing to watch the fresh-scrubbed, painfully white Bridges interact with his white family. Even worse is watching him try to dance at a house party. Saving grace: Remembering just how badly white people dressed in 1970.
January 16, 2008
Beau Bridges and Diana Sands, Oscar snubbed.
rayman0071
Super Reviewer
January 16, 2008
One of the first early gigs featuring Louis Gossett,Jr,this movie was Hal Ashby's directorial debut and it became one of the top ten films of 1970 and for a very good reason. This was also produced by Norman Jewison who also served as executive producer. This was a film that starred Beau Bridges in a excellent performance as a young man who buys a condemned building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. The fine cast includes Lee Grant,the great Diana Sands,and also the dramatic debut of the great Pearl Bailey. With some great music from The Staple Singers makes this a joy to watch.
½ November 25, 2007
Hal Ashby just kicks ass, pure and simple. And I like smoky looking 70s films.
November 23, 2007
"The Landlord" (1970) tells the story of Elgar Enders (Beau Bridges), a 29-year-old from a family of means who plans to demolish a Brooklyn apartment building he purchases and, in its place, build a luxury home. There's just one problem: He gets to know the tenants and has a change of heart. And from there, Elgar's path takes a drastic turn from that which his family would approve. He becomes the landlord of this tenement; dates a woman of color; has a night of passion with a married woman of color; and becomes the father of an interracial child. Race, obviously, plays a major role in the film. Elgar's mother, Joyce (Lee Grant), is bigoted; Fanny (Diana Sands), the woman he has an affair with, is married to a black activist; and Lanie (Marki Bey), the woman he's dating, is of mixed race (her mother is Irish, her father is African), and she has experienced reverse racism. The film offers no overt moral or lesson, but the cinematography and some editing techniques give hints to what messages we might glean. For instance, this film -- like many during its era -- has a lot of jump cuts. Some juxtapose the difference in classes, others aren't easily discernible. One thing is certain: Elgar Enders starts out as a spoiled kid mooching off his parents, but ends as a liberated man whose political consciousness not so ironically is in tune with the struggles of the '70s. Bridges' nuanced performance as Elgar -- not to mention layered portrayals by Sands, Grant and others -- and a nice dose of comedy -- make this one must-see art house flick.
October 20, 2007
Great film reflecting its period perfectly. Beau Bridges heads an exceptional cast.
October 3, 2007
intriguing film based on an even more intriguing novel. Starring marvelous Diana Sands ;-)
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