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Film Info
  • Year: 2015
  • Film Format: DCP, Blu-ray and DVD
  • Origin: USA
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Runtime: 94 mins
  • Color
  • Language: English

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. 

HAROLD AND LILLIAN will open in New York on April 28 and Los Angeles on May 12.

Watch a clip about Harold’s work on Hitchcock's THE BIRDS at IndieWire.

To book this film please contact Nancy Gerstman or Emily Russo or call 212-274-1989.

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Daniel Raim

Daniel Raim is an Oscar®-nominated film director born in Israel and raised in the US. From 1994 to 1997, Daniel served in the Israeli Defense Forces (Education Corps) as a documentary filmmaker. During his service, Daniel made short films about soldiers who performed music and theater for communities living in underground air raid shelters in the Northern borders of Israel during wartime. In 1997, Daniel attended the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles where he studied under one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most esteemed collaborators, Production Designer Robert F. Boyle.

Daniel is known for his “informative and deeply moving” (Variety) trilogy of documentaries about unsung heroes of Hollywood’s Golden Age. His debut film, an intimate profile on Boyle entitled The Man on Lincoln’s Nose (2000, 40 min), was nominated for the 2000 Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject. His second film, Something’s Gonna Live (2010, 78 min), confirmed his talent as a director and storyteller and premiered at the AFI Film Fest. Something’s Gonna Live was critically acclaimed during its theatrical release, and received a Los Angeles Times Critics’ Pick from Kenneth Turan. His third film, Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015, 94) premiered as an Official Selection of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for The Golden Eye Award.

Daniel has a passion for education, and in 2016 he embarked on an academic tour through India, where he screened his trilogy and lectured on cinema literacy and the art and craft of documentary filmmaking.

Daniel is currently creating a series of short films focusing on the art of design for the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck. Harold and Lillian will be theatrically released in April 2017, followed by the television premiere on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). 


Written and Directed by



HAROLD MICHELSON – storyboard artist, production designer

LILLIAN MICHELSON – film researcher

GENE ALLEN – production designer

JAMES D. BISSELL – production designer

MEL BROOKS – actor, director

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA – writer, director


RICK CARTER – production designer

DANNY DEVITO – actor, director

GABRIEL HARDMAN – storyboard artist

BILL KROHN – journalist, film critic

PATRICK MATE – animator


NORM NEWBERRY – art director

RICHARD SYLBERT – production designer

TOM WALSH – production designer

MARC WANAMAKER – archivist, historian

Produced and Edited by


Original Storyboards of Harold and Lillian by


Cinematography by


Music by


Executive Producer


“Truly charming...A terrifically moving human story!” – Glenn Kenny, Vanity Fair
“For an hour and a half, this charming little movie, with its chatty talking heads and its sweet-natured subjects, offers a glimpse into the lives of two fascinating people whom I had never heard of, and who shared an unlikely life filled with achievements and setbacks, wonder and pain.” – Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice
“An awesome film... funny, heartbreaking, and packed with delicious film lore.” – Ken Kwapis, Director of The Office
“The most emotionally affecting film I have seen at the fest so far this year.” – Peter T. Chattaway, Patheos
“A fascinating and heart-warming film.” – Kris Rothstein, Geist
“Daniel Raim's outstanding documentary quickly becomes one of the best I have seen in years...Not only a great window into the past of cinema looking ahead but such a touching and beautiful story on the love of cinema and the love that cinema can have on two amazing people. Tears of joy at the end of this film, and highly recommended even if you have the slightest interest in just how important things behind the scenes can be.” – Jason Whyte, eFilmCritic




Venue City State Date
Quad Cinema New York NY Opens April 28, 2017
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Los Angeles CA May 1, 2017
Brattle Theatre Boston MA May 5 - 11, 2017
State Theatre Modesto CA May 12 - 18, 2017
Town Center 5 Encino CA Starts May 12, 2017
Monica Film Center Los Angeles CA Opens May 12, 2017
Playhouse 7 Pasadena CA Starts May 12, 2017
Grand Illusion Cinema Seattle WA May 19 - 25, 2017
Indiana University Cinema Bloomington IN May 25 - 27, 2017
Museum of Fine Arts Houston Houston TX May 26 - 28, 2017
Gene Siskel Film Center
Fri May 26 at 2pm, Sun May 28 at 2pm and Tues May 30 at 6pm
Chicago IL May 26 - 30, 2017
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland OH June 3 - 4, 2017
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus OH June 8 - 9, 2017
Darkside Cinema Corvallis OR Starts June 9, 2017
Rochester Jewish Film Festival
Exact date TBA
Rochester NY July 9 - 17, 2017
Desert Film Society Palm Springs CA July 22, 2017