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Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015)

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Harold and Lillian eloped to Hollywood in 1947, where they became the film industry's secret weapons. Nobody talked about them, but everybody wanted them. Theirs is the greatest story never told-until now.


Daniel Raim


Daniel Raim
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lillian Michelson ... Herself
Harold Michelson Harold Michelson ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill Krohn Bill Krohn ... Himself
Stuart Cornfeld Stuart Cornfeld ... Himself
Mel Brooks ... Himself
Danny DeVito ... Himself
Jim Bissell ... Himself (as James D. Bissell)
Norman Newberry ... Himself (as Norm Newberry)
Rick Carter ... Himself
Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself
Gene Allen Gene Allen ... Himself
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage)
Gabriel Hardman Gabriel Hardman ... Himself
Marc Wanamaker Marc Wanamaker ... Himself
Thomas A. Walsh ... Himself (as Tom Walsh)


Movie fans know the work of Harold and Lillian Michelson, even if they don't recognize the names. Working largely uncredited in the Hollywood system, storyboard artist Harold and film researcher Lillian left an indelible mark on classics by Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Stanley Kubrick, Roman Polanski and many more. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola and others, this deeply engaging documentary from Academy Award®-nominated director Daniel Raim offers both a moving portrait of a marriage and a celebration of the unknown talents that help shape the films we love.

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Release Date:

17 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En kärlekshistoria från Hollywood See more »

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Production Co:

Adama Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Rick Carter: It starts with Harold and Lillian being a loving couple. They truly were people that, together, created - art.
Danny DeVito: They were like two peas in a pod. They fed each other in a kind of a really great way.
Mel Brooks: They fed each other, not only their passion and their love, but they fed each other their creativity, their ideas.
Rick Carter: She was so supportive, and he was so appreciative, and then in turn so supportive, that you felt like you were watching the best of Hollywood, as it could be as a lifestyle.
Lillian Michelson: In our ...
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Features Winter Kills (1979) See more »


Clair De Lune [Suite Bergamasque]
Performed by Alexis Weissenberg
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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It's so much fun watching it you might forget it's a documentary
15 July 2016 | by ayoreinfSee all my reviews

As a rule I don't rate documentaries. I hardly ever watch'em. The only documentaries I do watch are about cinema, or has a curious cinematic twist about the way they were made, otherwise count me out. So obviously this one is about cinema, but the reason I did rate it and I'm even writing a review about it is the sheer fun of watching it. It's just like sitting with a bunch of friends and listening to one of them who's a great story teller, telling about all sorts of things you thought you knew. And all of a sudden all those things you thought you knew are seen in vivid new colors, completely fresh.

The Michelson couple is one of the most charming couples you'll ever meet. They're funny, witty and amazing storytellers. The outcome is simply riveting, and if you do love cinema it's a must see. you'll learn so much about the way things work behind the scenes, you wouldn't forgive yourself if you did miss it.

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