Free Screening: ‘The Landlord’

This sweltering Saturday, the Leonard Library Film Discussion Club is hosting a free 2:30 pm screening of “The Landlord” (1970). Directed by the late, great Hal Asby (“Harold and Maude,” “Being There”), this social comedy is one of the most underrated films to emerge from the Kent State-inspired cinema of the early 1970s. Beau Bridges stars as an entitled rich kid who buys a Bed Stuy row house only to discover he’s accountable to people he’d never encounter at the country club. Adapted from Kristen Hunter’s epomymous novel and featuring Gordon Willis’s voluptuous cinematography, this message movie about gentrification costars acting powerhouses Pearl Bailey, Diana Sands, and Lee Grant; it works on so many levels that even if you’ve seen it before, you should come enjoy the ride, or at least our AIR CONDITIONING. Yours truly is moderating the post-screening conversation, which will take place in our newly renovated garden, weather permitting. Come! I would love to see you there. Perhaps we’ll convene for drinks somewhere in the neighborhood afterward.

‘The Landlord.’ (Rated PG, 113 min)
Saturday, August 1, 2:30 pm.
Leonard Library
81 Devoe St. at Leonard St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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