Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

  • GLENN KENNY Nov 17, 2015

    "The inside-baseball stuff walks hand in hand with a great romance, and this movie winds up being a rather wonderful paradox on the face of it: an educational tearjerker."

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  • JEFF LABRECQUE Nov 2, 2015

    "Directed by Daniel Raim (The Man on Lincoln’s Nose) and featuring interviews with Mel Brooks and Francis Ford Coppola, the documentary is a touching tribute to a beautiful Hollywood romance and the often overlooked artists who enhance all of our favorite films."

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  • Patrick Mullen Feb 6, 2016

    As the film sweetly recounts Harold and Lillian’s story and acknowledges their contribution to cinema, Raim ultimately offers a fond nod of thanks to all the unsung talents—visual researchers, matte makers, scenic artists, and other craftspeople who contribute to the magic of movies. As the Michelsons share stories about their work, Harold and Lillian warmly evokes the passion on which the film industry survives. It’s a wonderful doc for film buffs and casual viewers alike.

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  • Alan Scherstuhl Nov 10, 2015

    It's the kind of jewel that true documentarians turn up — when directors stop making movies to prove what they think they know, and instead go out in search of what they don't."

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  • Rebecca Pahle Nov 13, 2015

    “A film tailor-made for a cinephile audience. The Michelsons make for energetic, intriguing subjects, and the film is packed with numerous little nuggets for film fans to appreciate.”

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  • Joshua Brunsting Nov 13, 2015

    “It’s a story of two deeply talented and profoundly important people who may not be household names in even the most schooled of film nerd circles, and with Raim’s use of both archival footage and new interviews, this story is finally given the documentary treatment it so rightly deserves.”

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  • Raquel Stecher Nov 13, 2015

    Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story is a charming tale that will move you to tears. This fine documentary shows a deep love for its subjects. This is a must see for any film buff.”

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  • Kenneth Morefield Nov 18, 2015

    "Harold, usually listed as an “Art Director,” (though sometimes as a “Production Designer,” and sometimes just as a member of the “Art Department”), was above all a consummate storyboard artist who helped conceive how some of the most iconic scenes in Hollywood history would be composed. In one of the documentary’s most breathtaking moments, Harold’s design suggestions for the parting of the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments is dissolved over the actual scene the film. In a culture obsessed with and committed to the notion of director as auteur, it’s not surprising that we tend to attribute such choices to a single, creative genius. One of the truly educational things about Raim’s films is that they help document how movies actually get made; they help those of us who watch films appreciate them more by understanding how they are (or were, or are sometimes) assembled."

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  • James Hancock Nov 16, 2015

    "I strongly encourage you to hunt down this highly enjoyable love song to the filmmaking process. The film will open your eyes in ways you never anticipated and only deepen your appreciation for so many films you already know and love.”

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  • Jose Solis Nov 18, 2015

    I thought the film was absolutely enchanting!”

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  • Roger Walker-Dack Nov 18, 2015

    “The real-life story of Hollywood back-room couple Harold and Lillian Michelson is the sort of stuff that movies used to be made of. It's a good old-fashioned true romance made more appealing by the fact that there were such a couple of really such likable people."

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  • Carole Di Tosti Nov 24, 2015

    Raim has accomplished a sterling work about these two individuals whose indelible impact on film has finally been brought into the spotlight. When one sees the sheer number in the hundreds of great films that were shaped by their efforts, it is truly amazing. The documentary is not only a testimony of a loving relationship which exemplifies their strength and beauty, it is also reveals the best of what Hollywood could offer. Daniel Raim has done a very fine job of reminding us why the greatest of Hollywood films will last: the amazing behind-the-scenes efforts of artists like Harold and Lillian Michelson.” ******

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  • Carlos Devillavilla Nov 17, 2015

    “Magic.” “This is a beautiful film that is also an informative film and I can count on the fingers of one hand how many films I’ve seen that are both, and I’ve seen thousands of films, maybe tens of thousands. This movie is going to stay with me for a very long time. This is a movie that very much deserves to be seen.”

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  • Sarah Brockman Nov 24, 2015

    I unabashedly adore this film. Lillian might be my new favorite person.”

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  • Alex Gaskin Nov 18, 2015

    “It’s a terrific watch for anyone at all keen on filmmaking, and film history. The documentary is engrossing, insightful, and moving. It’s clear that the couple were beloved and admired by their peers, and the film succeeds in conveying that this affection was well deserved."

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  • Pia Glenn Nov 20, 2015

    “Whether you love movies, or you love love, or you just want to see Harold’s original drawings for the Star Trek Enterprise’s engine, “Harold and Lillian” is for you.”

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  • Fred Brussat Nov 17, 2015

    “Sidney Sheldon has written: "Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived." Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story is a tender and touching meditation on the legacy of a couple who did just that.”

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