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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 ... 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:

23 May 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

En kärlekshistoria från Hollywood See more »

Company Credits

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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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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A fascinating portrait of a charming (and influential) couple
23 May 2017 | by nikatnyteSee all my reviews

This film could very well have flown under my radar. I saw it during a one-week engagement at our town's small art house theater, and I don't always keep up with what they're showing. Similarly, Harold and Lillian Michelson flew largely under the radar of Hollywood. Most film buffs probably have never heard of them (I certainly hadn't); Harold was a storyboard artist and a production designer, and Lillian a researcher. But someone decided they would make a good subject for a film, and indeed they do. Harold had passed by the time the filmmaking began, but there was a large amount of archival footage on him. Lillian (age 87) is still alive and sharp as a tack. Both are charming, eloquent and endearing. I was greatly entertained by this film. The couple are great storytellers, and they have great stories to tell! I was amazed at the impact they have made on many films I have seen. Harold made indelible contributions to such films as 'The Birds,' 'Spartacus' and 'The Graduate'. Lillian, similarly, has had a hand in many iconic films. This is warm, fascinating documentary that will leave you with a big smile on your face (and a tug at your heart).

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