The Landlord

Synopsis: At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying a building in a black ghetto in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Initially his intention is to evict the black tenants and convert it into a posh flat. But Elgar is not one to be bound by yesterday's urges, and soon he has other thoughts on his mind. He's grown fond of the black tenants and particularly of Fanny, the wife of a black radical; he's maybe fallen in love with Lanie, a mixed race girl; he's lost interest in redecorating his home. Joyce, his mother has not relinquished this interest and in one of the film's most hilarious sequences gives her Master Charge card to Marge, a black tenant and appoints her decorator.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Hal Ashby
Production: United Artists
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.0
Rotten Tomatoes:
92%
R
Year:
1970
112 min
104 Views


1

1, 2, 3.

NOW, CHILDREN,

HOW DO WE LIVE?

ELGAR?

[AIRPLANE FLIES OVER]

THANK YOU, HEYWOOD.

AHH.

[HORN HONKS]

IT'S JUST THA I GET THE FEELING

THAT WE'RE ALL--

I MEAN, EVERYBODY--

BLACK, WHITE, YELLOW,

DEMOCRAT, COMMUNIST,

REPUBLICANS,

OLD PEOPLE, YOUNG PEOPLE,

WHATEVER...

ONLY THE FINEST THING

IN MY SHOP, GIRL.

WHICH ONE OF Y'ALL

IS NEXT?

I MAY CLOSE THIS PLACE

WITH THIS CHILD HERE.

WE'RE ALL LIKE

A BUNCH OF ANTS...SEE?

[HORN HONKS]

SEE, THE STRONGEST DRIVE

WE HAVE AS A TRUE LIFE-FORCE

IS TO GAIN TERRITORY.

GOSH,

YOU'RE GORGEOUS.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE,

BABY?

AHEM.

IT'S A BRAND NEW DAY

BRAND NEW WAY:

I'VE NEVER DONE ANYTHING...

I MEAN, ANYTHING

QUITE LIKE THIS BEFORE.

I'VE ALWAYS WANTED

TO DO I BECAUSE EVERYBODY

WANTS HIS OWN HOME,

AND I'VE NEVER

HAD A PLACE OF MY OWN.

LAST NIGHT I HAD A DREAM

THAT THE WORLD:

WAS CHANGING:

BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS

IT STARTED UP:

IN THE BIGGER CITIES

THEN IT SPREAD:

TO THE SMALLER TOWNS

THE PEOPLE BEGAN

TO SMILE AT PEOPLE

THAT NEVER EVEN THINK

AND WHEN JEREMIAH

WOKE ME UP:

I WAS READY TO LIVE

THAT DREAM:

IT'S A BRAND NEW DAY

SO LIKE:

HART CRANE THE POET,

WHO'S ALSO A CANCERIAN--

SEE, I'M A CANCERIAN--

AND HOME:

IS VERY IMPORTANT,

BUT WE NEVER SEEM

TO MAKE IT.

SO, UH...

MONEY'S NEVER BEEN

THE PROBLEM.

BOW OUR HEADS TOGETHER

AND SEE WHERE:

WE GO FROM THERE

WE'VE GOT TO FIGH FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE IN

FIGHT UNTIL THE END

IT'S A BRAND NEW DAY

IT'S A BRAND NEW WAY

BRAND NEW WAY:

BRAND NEW DAY:

BRAND NEW WAY:

SO, SHIT,

I BOUGHT THIS HOUSE.

ACTUALLY,

IT'S A TENEMENT HOUSE.

IT'S IN THIS GHETTO AREA.

WHEN ENEMIES ARE SHATTERED,

DON'T INVESTIGATE

HOW CAN YOU:

BE SURPRISED?

WITH THE IMAGE:

OF OUR FALLEN KING

REFLECTED IN OUR EYES

NO, THIS IS NO TIME

FOR SHOUTIN' NOW

YOU'RE GONNA HUR MY FAITH HERE

BUT THE RAYS OF LIGH WON'T HIDE FOREVER

WHEN THE SUN:

COMES SHININ' THROUGH

ON A BRAND NEW DAY

IT'S A BRAND NEW WAY

OH, IT'S

A BRAND NEW DAY:

I JUST WANT TO GET ALL

THE GODDAMN TENANTS OU AND RIP IT OUT.

IT'S AN OLD HOUSE.

LOTS OF MOLDING.

IT'S A BRAND NEW WAY

A BRAND NEW DAY:

UH-HUH

BRAND NEW DAY:

YEAH,

A BRAND NEW DAY:

YEAH,

I WONDER IF YOU KNOW

WHAT I'M TALKIN' ABOUT

YOU BETTER CHECK

YOURSELF:

GET IT TOGETHER NOW...

I WANT TO RIP OU ALL THE FLOORS

ALL THE WAY:

UP TO THE SKYLIGHT, SEE,

AND THEN RECESS THE FLOORS

SO YOU HAVE BALCONIES,

AND THEN HANG:

THIS BIG GODDAMN MODERN,

SPECTACULAR, PSYCHEDELIC,

SON-OF-A-BITCHIN' LIGH FROM THE CEILING.

IS THAT BEAUTIFUL?

BON TON HEIGHTS:

WILL START A TREND

IN URBAN RENEWAL,

MR. ENDERS.

RESTORED LANDMARKS

WILL BE THE LATES SCREAM, I'M SURE.

I HOPE YOUR SEEING

MR. FARCUS' PLACE

GOING SO WELL:

WILL INSPIRE YOU

TO FEEL ROSY ABOU YOUR NEW PLACE.

MY, MY. SHOPPING

WITHOUT STOPPING.

OH, MR. FARCUS.

ENID.

STREET MUSIC.

ISN'T IT MARVELOUS?

THIS IS MR. ENDERS.

HE'S YOUR NEW NEIGHBOR.

UH, I'M ELGAR ENDERS.

I'M YOUR NEW NEIGHBOR.

HE JUST BOUGHT A HOUSE

IN THE NEXT BLOCK.

YOUR HOUSE:

IS JUST GREAT.

IT'S JUST FANTASTIC.

THIS NEIGHBORHOOD'S

GOING TO BE VERY CHIC.

LET'S HOPE THIS INFLUX

OF THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

IS THE BEGINNING

OF AN INCLINATION, HUH?

WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?

WHAT IS THAT?

EVICTION POWDER.

EVICTION POWDER?

WHAT'S EVICTION POWDER?

OH, IT'S NOTHING,

MR. ENDERS.

JUST A LITTLE VOODOO.

HA HA HA!

ONLY $25, MAN!

YOU'RE LYING!

YOU'RE LYING,

MAN!

I WOKE UP:

ONE MORNING, MAN,

I THOUGHT I WAS:

IN THE WRONG HOUSE.

HA HA HA!

HE WAS CAUSING TROUBLE

THE NIGHT BEFORE.

HERE COMES:

THE WHITE TORNADO.

HEY, MAN!

WHAT'S GOIN' ON?

YOU GOT TWO LITTLE

PEDALS DOWN THERE.

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