The Landlord

Hal Ashby’s 1969 debut clearly sprang from the mind behind ‘Harold and Maude’. It’s the tale of a bourgeois brat (Beau Bridges) from an old-money family who buys a tenement block in a black neighbourhood intending to create the perfect bachelor pad, but ends up falling for the residents instead. Loose, funky and rough around the edges in that trademark late ’60s screw-sense-let’s-try-it fashion, ‘The Landlord’ succeeds thanks to terrific performances, political nous, flawless photography from Gordon Willis, a handful of sublimely witty moments and an overall sense of rebellious fun.

Release details

Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Hal Ashby
Screenwriter: Bill Gunn
Cast: Douglas Grant
Louis Gossett
Susan Anspach
Melvin Stewart
Beau Bridges
Diana Sands
Pearl Bailey
Lee Grant
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