Thursday, June 4, 2009

DVD Evaders... 2 From UA: The Landlord (1970) & The Group (1966)

There's no doubt that United Artists has a huge catalogue, and it would take a really long time to comb through and release most of it, but i'm still confused as to why these 2 films by such distinguished filmmakers have been forgotten.

Hal Ashby's THE LANDLORD (1970) is a movie very much of it's time, but still manages to say a lot about humanity regardless. It's often left out when Ashby's more popular films are shown, but I count it as one of his best. Better than BEING THERE, even.

Sidney Lumet's THE GROUP (1966) boasts an all-star cast of great actresses who all deliver powerful and truthful performances--Shirley Knight in particular is a stand out.

Again, another film that may be dated with time, but I--a dude even--still found myself relating to it's characters many ups and downs. Forget SEX AND THE CITY. Watch a real chick flick with a lot of soul.

And dig the NYC locations for both of these films. Viva la UA!

**UPDATE** as of 10/7/10 both these titles have been released on DVD from MGM. Yay!


Amanda By Night said...

I have always wanted to see the Group. I adore Joan Hackett!

Cinema Du Meep said...

You totally should. She's really good in it as well. There's a kind of regal quality about her.

laura linger said...

Joanna Pettet lunched with Sharon Tate on the day Sharon was murdered.

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