Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

05 February 2012

The Briefest of Reviews from 1970

This movie is just brilliant. It is shocking to me how many extremely smart films about race were made in the 1970s. and how many films are idiotic about race forty years later. The Landlord is a film by Hal Ashby and it follows a young, extremely naive, rich white man who buys a tenement in New York City and expects to just go live there. It's very funny at times and also incredibly moving. It's realistic and silly and everything else I want out of a film, too. The performances are wonderful, and if you haven't ever seen the great Diana Sands on film, this is one of the best places to do it as she didn't make many films. And Lee Grant, the great supporting actress of the 60s and 70s is absolutely fantastic in this. Pearl Bailey also has some hilarious stuff in here.