The Landlord (1970)

Genres - Comedy Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Message Movie  |   Release Date - May 20, 1970 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 113 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Wealthy, insensitive young Beau Bridges buys an inner-city tenement, planning to evict the present occupants and construct a luxury home for himself. But once he ventures into the tenement, he grows quite fond of the low-income ethnic types who dwell within. He even kicks over the traces of his WASP upbringing by romancing black tenants Diana Sands and Marki Bey. Though essentially a comedy, The Landlord offers several painful truths about ghetto existence. Essentially, Beau Bridges acts as the audience's "eyes:" we learn as he learns, we grow as he grows. The Landlord represents the first directorial effort of Oscar-winning film editor Hal Ashby.

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landlord, tenant, life-choices, love, plans, racism, pregnancy, tenement, ethics, marriage