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Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015)

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Harold and Lillian eloped to Hollywood in 1947, where they became the film industry's secret weapons. Nobody talked about them, but everybody wanted them. Theirs is the greatest story never told-until now.

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Daniel Raim

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Daniel Raim
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lillian Michelson ... Herself
Harold Michelson Harold Michelson ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Krohn Bill Krohn ... Himself
Stuart Cornfeld Stuart Cornfeld ... Himself
Mel Brooks ... Himself
Danny DeVito ... Himself
Jim Bissell ... Himself (as James D. Bissell)
Norman Newberry ... Himself (as Norm Newberry)
Rick Carter ... Himself
Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself
Gene Allen Gene Allen ... Himself
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage)
Gabriel Hardman Gabriel Hardman ... Himself
Marc Wanamaker Marc Wanamaker ... Himself
Thomas A. Walsh ... Himself (as Tom Walsh)
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Storyline

Movie fans know the work of Harold and Lillian Michelson, even if they don't recognize the names. Working largely uncredited in the Hollywood system, storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian left an indelible mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and many more. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola and others, this deeply engaging documentary from Academy Award®-nominated director Daniel Raim offers both a moving portrait of a marriage and a celebration of the unknown talents that help shape the films we love.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En kärlekshistoria från Hollywood See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,510, 30 April 2017

Gross USA:

$78,301

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,301
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Adama Films See more »
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Rick Carter: It starts with Harold and Lillian being a loving couple. They truly were people that, together, created - art.
Danny DeVito: They were like two peas in a pod. They fed each other in a kind of a really great way.
Mel Brooks: They fed each other, not only their passion and their love, but they fed each other their creativity, their ideas.
Rick Carter: She was so supportive, and he was so appreciative, and then in turn so supportive, that you felt like you were watching the best of Hollywood, as it could be as a lifestyle.
Lillian Michelson: In our ...
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Features Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Clair De Lune [Suite Bergamasque]
Performed by Alexis Weissenberg
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Beyond the amazing Hollywood history is a truly inspiring love story
13 May 2017 | by parker-37041See all my reviews

The first time I saw it I was inspired as I learned about a truly great unsung Hollywood craftsman who was the secret weapon of several iconic directors.

The second time I saw it, I marveled at the force of nature that is Lillian Michelson, whose remarkable research library guided generations of filmmakers.

The third time I saw it, I finally saw it — my fascination with Hollywood no longer distracting me. I saw it for the truly touching yet not romanticized love story that is at its heart, all the more real and deeply human as it plays out against the backdrop of Hollywood make-believe.

I can't think of another documentary I've seen more than twice. Go see it at least once on the big screen while you can.


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