“Watch the Landlord Get His” on July 11: Hal Ashby’s Hilarious Debut Feature The Landlord on 35mm at NEIU

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $7 • NEIU Students: $3

Wednesday, July 11 @ 7:30 PM
THE LANDLORD
Directed by Hal Ashby • 1970
The first directorial credit for Academy Award-winning editor Hal Ashby, the arty, knotty, disquieting, and supremely funny comedy The Landlord proved from the start of the Harold and Maude auteur’s career that he was shooting for iconoclast status. Beau Bridges stars as the world’s handsomest slumlord, the youngest scion of a wealthy New York family grown sick of his penthouse fiefdom and itching to get into the booming business of gentrification. After purchasing an apartment building in Park Slope, Bridges finds his exclusively African American tenants difficult to shake as he gears up for a full scale eviction, ever more so after a hazy rent party and some ill-conceived bed-hopping entwine his and their lives inextricably. Penned by the brilliant and sadly overlooked filmmaker and playwright Bill Gunn, The Landlord proved to be too bitter a pill for most audiences to swallow in 1970, but Gunn’s charged, acerbic bon mots and take-no-prisoners approach to disassembling race and class relations have provided the film with an uneasy prescience. Featuring a murderers’ row of character actors including Pearl Bailey, Lou Gossett Jr., Susan Anspach, Will Mackenzie, and Academy Award-nominated MVP Lee Grant as Bridges’s racist, alcoholic mother. (CW)
112 min. • United Artists • 35mm from Park Circus
Short: “Jasper in a Jam” (George Pal, 1946) – 8 min – 16mm

 

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