Harold and Maude and me

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Harold and Maude is a hilarious black comedy from the Seventies.  It stars Bud Cort as Harold and Ruth Gordon as  Maude. 

It has slowly reached cult status since its release  in 1971.  I first saw this excellent film back in the mid eighties at a run down theatre on the south side of town.

This was a favor to a friend, I wasn’t the type to go see old movies about weird-looking bug-eyed dudes and old ladies.  I went for the company and the popcorn, nothing more.

I left that sticky theatre a bit altered.  From then on, Harold and Maude has remained on my list of all time favorite movies.  It is totally worth watching.

Harold (Bud Cort) is 20 and obsessed with death and freaking out his mom. (Vivian Pickles)  His theatrical suicides set up just for her benefit are some of the funniest scenes in the movie.  It is not called a black comedy for nothing.  

Harold meets Maude (Ruth Gordon) through their common love of going to stranger’s funerals.  Maude is 79 and a total trip.  Harold is pale and full of death, Maude is full of life.  They instantly click and a strange but wonderful relationship develops between the two. 

Maude teaches Harold and us all how to age with some gusto and  how to live life to its fullest.  It looks somewhat dated but the message is timeless. Cat Stevens, when he was still Cat Stevens, provides the music that sends this movie over the top and really makes it excellent.

This superb movie introduced me to the late Ruth Gordon who was a gem of an actress and a terrific role model.  She had quite a history as a writer as well.  Look for her in Rosemary’s Baby, she totally steals the movie. I want to be just like her when I grow up!

Harold and Maude in my opinion is one of the best movies ever made. You should check it out. It is Totally Worth Watching.

Harold and Maude (1971) Directed by Hal Ashby. starring Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack.  Screenplay by Colin Higgins.

Have a great day!       Strawberryindigo.