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

A fascinating and moving account of the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson: two unsung heroes of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Harold and Lillian worked on hundreds of renowned films including The Ten Commandments, The Apartment, The Birds, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, Fiddler On The Roof, Scarface, Full Metal Jacket and many more. 

Although the couple was responsible for some of Hollywood’s most iconic examples of visual storytelling, their contributions remain largely uncredited. 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 chronicles their remarkable marriage and extraordinary careers through six decades of movie-making history.

HAROLD AND LILLIAN will open in theaters in Spring 2017

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

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). 


“Truly charming...A terrifically moving human story!” – Glenn Kenny, Vanity Fair
“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
New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival Manchester NH April 2, 2017
JCC Manhattan New York NY April 4, 2017
Ashland Independent Film Festival Ashland OR April 9, 2017
Arthouse Film Festival Mountainside NJ April 17 - 18, 2017
Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study Los Angeles CA April 26, 2017
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival
Exact screening date TBA
Los Angeles CA April 26 - May 3, 2017
Quad Cinema New York NY Opens April 28, 2017
The Royal Los Angeles CA Opens May 12, 2017
Laemmle Theaters Los Angeles CA Opens May 12, 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 1:30pm and Tues May 30 at 6pm
Chicago IL May 26 - 30, 2017
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus OH June 8 - 9, 2017
Desert Film Society Palm Springs CA July 22, 2017