Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

Shining a spotlight on two unsung cinematic heroes.

By Daniel Raim and Jennifer Raim

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Husband and wife team Harold and Lillian Michelson were a secret weapon for many Hollywood producers, directors, writers, and production designers. Harold was one of the most talented storyboard artists in Hollywood, creating images for everything from The Ten Commandments (1956) to The Fly (1986); he also became an accomplished two-time Academy Award-Nominated production designer and art director on Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and Terms of Endearment (1983) respectively. For her part, Lillian was one of the most talented and sought after film researchers in Hollywood for decades, providing a real-life reference for the designs of The Birds (1962), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Chinatown (1974), Rocky (1976), Full Metal Jacket (1987), and hundreds more.

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BILL AND ME

The Dick Fregulia Trio will perform a “Tribute to Bill Evans” before the bay area premiere of the new film Bill Evans Time Remembered on Saturday evening, May 13th at JB Piano Company. Advance tickets, $15 online at JBPiano and $20 at the door.  

Here he remembers meeting Bill Evans and reviews the new documentary about the great jazz pianist.                                                                                       

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MORE RARE NOIRS ARE GOOD TO FIND

DON MALCOLM DISCUSSES THE SHOCKING ABUNDANCE OF LONG-LOST FOREIGN FILM NOIR

A Rare Noir Is Good to Find 2: International Noir Revisited makes its appearance at the Roxie in San Francisco on May 5-8, featuring twelve noirs from eleven countries spanning twenty post-WWII years (1947-1966). The complete schedule with notes and images can be found here. There are also trailers and clips at the end of the interview.

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