Hal Ashby’s magnum opus, Harold and Maude (1971), made wave on the Criterion Collection back on June 12, 2012 after much abuse from Paramount and this cult classic found a completely new audience finally in HD.
Harold, played by Bud Cort, is an incredibly wealthy and melancholy teenager who spends most of his time visiting funerals and pretending to kill himself. He meets a very elder, yet very sweet and charming septuagenarian Maude, who spends hers stealing cars and enjoying life. He falls for her as their estranged relationship takes off as his mother tries to set him up with different girls his age, but they’re not like him and only Maude piques his interest. The characters in this story are so well developed and the script throws a few bombs at its audience from the moment we meet Maude to the final moments of the film.
One very polite trailer.
This art-house is a timeless classic and Cat Steven’s pop music is one of the very best used in a film’s soundtrack and it’s one of the best films about the joys of life ever made. It’s the first script for then first time writer Colin Higgins (he went on to write films like Nine to Five and Foul Play) who wrote the screenplay whilst in college. The cinematography kicks that of any 1971 film.
Harold and Maude isn’t only about finding love, but about finding who you are and fighting for what’s yours.
A love story about two very odd, very different people and one of its kind. Possibly the greatest love story ever told.