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The Landlord
The Landlord“During the early 1970s, the impact of
  mixed race relationships and racial
  prejudice were still considered by many
  too sensitive as subjects for films,
but The Landlord handles the story of
a young, wealthy white boy buying a
  house in a black ghetto and becoming
  involved with his tenants exceptionally

IS A FINE SEVENTIES MOVIE, based on a novel by Kristin Hunter, made at a time when the effects of the death of Martin Luther King were still raw.

Young white entrepreneur Elgar Enders (Beau Bridges: The Descendants), who lives a privileged life but decides it is time to leave the home of his parents, his high-society mother Joyce (Lee Grant) and his bigoted father, to buy a home of his own.

The problem is, he has chosen an inner-city tenement in a black area to renovate to a luxury home; and he will have to evict his tenants before he can begin the work — and the low-income, streetwise tenants won't go quietly.

An extraordinarily
funny, poignant
and thought-provoking
As Elgar turns up at his house in his convertible Beetle, he is soon to learn that any landlord — let alone a white landlord — is not welcome. He is even blackmailed into giving a young boy two dollars.

Elgar moves into the basement but his plans go awry. Fortune-teller Marge (the wonderful Pearl Bailey) introduces him to her special soul food and he has an ill-fated affair with Fanny (the lovely, late Diana Sands) while her husband Copee (Lou Gossett) is in prison. The greenhorn white boy also has much to learn from Professor Duboise (Melvin Stewart).

Elgar's na´vetÚ creates unforeseen problems and raises the question of whether true harmony can ever exist between people of such varying social and ethnic backgrounds. He shocks his parents by announcing at a family dinner — attended by his sister Susan (Susan Anspach), wealthy fiancÚ Peter (Robert Klein), brother William Jr (Will Mackenzie) and his wife Doris (Gretchen Walther) — he is in love with half-caste bar dancer Lanie (Marki Bey).

The Landlord is described as a mix of social satire, urban drama and high comedy. The outstanding ensemble cast includes Lee Grant, who received a Best Supporting Actress Nomination that year at the Oscars, and also featured is Stanley Greene as Heywood, the Butler.

Music is by Al Kooper; Director of Photography is Gordon Willis; Screenplay by Bill Gunn; based on a novel by Kristin Hunter; Produced by Norman Jewison; and Directed by Oscar-winning film editor Hal Ashby, making his directorial debut.

The Landlord is an extraordinarily funny, poignant and thought-provoking film that dared to tackle a subject that, for the time, was highly controversial.

* The Landlord is released on DVD on 1 October 2012. Running Time: 105 Minutes Approximately | RRP: ú15.99.

"The Landlord is an extraordinarily funny, poignant and thought-provoking film" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar