At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his ... See full summary »
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At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his intention is to evict the black tenants and convert it into a posh flat. But Elgar is not one to be bound by yesterday's urges, and soon he has other thoughts on his mind. He's grown fond of the black tenants and particularly of Fanny, the wife of a black radical; he's maybe fallen in love with Lanie, a mulatto girl; he's lost interest in redecorating his home. Joyce, his mother has not relinquished this interest and in one of the film's most hilarious sequences gives her Master Charge card to Marge, a black tenant and appoints her decorator. Written by
I tried to stay with "The Landlord". I really did. I watched it first because I was into early 1970 movies filmed on location in New York City. When I found that there wasn't too much background footage, I stuck with it to see where it was going. Now, I understand what the writer and filmmaker were going for: the perception and direction of the black community at this period of time and the integration of a naive white person in the midst of it. But I found it to be slow moving, not due to the actors - who do a decent job - and wondering where it was going and ultimately when it was going to end. I know that tons of people like and love this film. And I'm not saying it's awful, but I did lose interest in it, very early on.
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