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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 ... Self
Harold Michelson Harold Michelson ... Self (archive footage)
Bill Krohn Bill Krohn ... Self
Stuart Cornfeld ... Self
Mel Brooks ... Self
Danny DeVito ... Self
Jim Bissell ... Self (as James D. Bissell)
Norman Newberry ... Self (as Norm Newberry)
Rick Carter ... Self
Francis Ford Coppola ... Self
Gene Allen Gene Allen ... Self
Alfred Hitchcock ... Self (archive footage)
Gabriel Hardman Gabriel Hardman ... Self
Marc Wanamaker Marc Wanamaker ... Self
Thomas A. Walsh ... Self (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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Lillian Michelson: When Harold first came out to California, and was setting up our foundation for our life, when he said, 'Come on out, I have an apartment for you', I had a few days on the train from Miami to think about what I was getting into.
[train whistle]
Lillian Michelson: And I'm thinking, what am I doing? I'm going to an unknown state, a man I don't know - I just know his sister. Is this a reason to get married? Is this a reason to leave everything? I had two days and two nights of not sleeping, just sitting and wondering.
Lillian Michelson: ...
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Clair De Lune [Suite Bergamasque]
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an uplifting film and a must-see for cinephiles
7 May 2017 | by asakoSee all my reviews

It is a very charming film. A kind of film which makes you leave the theater with a smile on your face. The film also makes you aware of a couple who worked behind the scene in the film industry for many years, loving their work and loving each other. I'm so happy to learn about them and would like everyone who care about cinema to know about them, too.

I tend to recommend films with interesting story line, films that give you emotional impact, or films that I can tell why it's worth your time. On the other hand, I leave all other films I simply love in my personal favorite list. 'Harold and Lillian' can very easily find its place in my personal favorite list, but I added to my recommendation list instead because it tells the story that needs to be told.

The tone of film largely owes lovely & positive personality of Lillian. She is such a beautiful person.

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Release Date:

27 May 2017 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,510, 30 April 2017

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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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