Tuesday, 15 November 2011

harold and maude (1971) - hal ashby

This is another one of those films that l had kind of heard about, but never got around to seeing, as l knew it was about the friendship/love between a young boy and an older woman. That was about all l did know, apart from the music was by Cat Stevens, who l did not really like at the time of the films release. I was however, mistaken in not seeing it before now, as l really enjoyed it (and the soundtrack). Harold and Maude is a romantic story, but it is more than just that. It has a very dark side to it and lots of black comedy, the kind of which appeals to me a lot. Harold Chasen (Bud Cort) is obsessed by death until he meets Maude (Ruth Gordon), who has a lust for life. They (of course) fall in love, but (of course) by the time she dies, he has discovered what it is like to enjoy life. It is kind of dated in places, but that didn't bother me, as l often like films more for being that way. I think l may even download the soundtrack now, as it impressed me that much (and l grew to like some of Cat Steven's stuff over the years).

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