"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."
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.
“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.”
"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."
“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."
“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.” ******
“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.”
“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."