“Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story” and “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent” are two terrific documentaries that you should put on your list of must-see movies.
Harold and Lillian tells the almost invisible story of an amazing couple who were the secret sauce behind some of Tinseltown’s most memorable movies. And Chef Jeremiah Tower was the secret sauce behind the success of Alice Waters’ famed restaurant Chez Panisse, and then exploded into the culinary world stratosphere with his own groundbreaking, scene-making San Francisco restaurant Stars.
You’ll have to wait a bit to see “Harold and Lillian”: it opens May 12 at select Laemmle Theatres. Landmark Cinema at the Westside Pavilion opens “Jeremiah Tower” in L.A. on April 21, and presents both Tower and director Lydia Tenaglia in person on April 23, 24 and 25.
“Harold and Lillian” can be seen as a tutorial on filmmaking from the perspective of the storyboard artist that Harold was; and from Lillian (still alive and living at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, now in her 80s), whose film research, archive and library has been essential to Hollywood’s top directors.
Name the film: West Side Story, Star Trek, The Graduate, The Birds, Fiddler on the Roof, Rain Man, Spartacus, The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur — the decades-long list goes on and on but the credits earned by this couple were rarely given. Together and separately, they were the key to success for such directors as Danny DeVito, Mike Nichols, Alfred Hitchcock and Francis Ford Coppola, to name just a few.
To witness how storyboard translates into film is mind-bending. Harold’s experience as a bombardier navigator in WWII gave him an artistic point of view that made him unique among studio artists in understanding the camera lens, angles for shots and the visual perspective that directors need to
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