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.
In the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on a film, The Other Side of the Wind, in itself a film about an aging film director trying to finish his last great movie.
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.
[referring to Tom Waits]
And he just liked to sit there and just talk about his life. He had this gravelly voice that just was fascinating. Everything that came out of him sounded as if it should be a police confession.
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I envy director Daniel Raim. Here's a beautiful love story between two legends. Storyboard artist Harold Michelson was responsible for so many titles that we all know, and the footage of his sketches alone held me captive. Then we learn that his wife Lillian was the research brains that all of Hollywood's producers and directors called when they needed in-depth background on the topics of their films.
The documentary is narrated by Lillian herself, still articulate and hilarious as can be. Watch this film. Highly entertaining, poignant and lots to learn. You may think that director's and cinematographer's control the action you see onscreen, but wait till you see how much a storyboard artist informs the director! Mel Brooks is fun to hear, as is Danny De Vito and others.
I enjoy sharing this doc with film buffs, always a lively discussion after!
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