Film #2: Harold and Maude (1971)
Harold and Maude is a classic “dark comedy” by director Hal Ashby. Harold (Bud Cort) is a taciturn young adult with a macabre interest in staging suicides for his oppressive mother (Vivian Pickles – yeah, for real). While attending funerals of strangers, he meets Maude (Ruth Gordon), an eccentric octogenarian whose philosophy is to live life to the fullest. A relationship develops, and Harold finally begins to find happiness in life through Maude’s relentless carpe dieming. While his mother and veteran uncle try to move him toward a life of stable responsibility, Harold gets it in his head that he wants to marry Maude. Unfortunately for him, her plans for the future don’t coincide with his.
January 13, 2012 | Categories: 9 - 9.5, Dark Comedy, Drama, Genre, Music, Ratings | Tags: bud cort, cat stevens, colin higgins, edward warschilka, hal ashby, harold and maude, john alonzo, ruth gordon, vivian pickles, william a. sawyer | Leave a comment