Friday, September 9, 2011

Classic Film Friday: Harold & Maude

This is one of those movies that I just love, it is funny, it breaks from the norm, and really it is an outstanding film. Harold (Bud Cort) is a young man, who doesn't really know what to do with himself. He likes death, maybe a little too much... He stages many deaths in front of his mother (Vivian Pickles). Maude (Ruth Gordon) is a 79-year-old embodiment of a free spirit. She does what she wants, how she wants... and doesn't care about much else.

Harold and Maude meet up at a funeral. As it is something they both take pleasure in. And from there, it becomes sort of weird... She steals the priest's car. They meet more and become intimate. Harold decides to marry Maude, even though his family, his psychologist, and priest tell him not to. But Harold's life is in for a bit more of a shock as 80 is the perfect time to die, according to Maude. This movie has so many allegories. Young/old, life/death, war/peace... and course it has a bit of dark humor. Watch it for yourself...

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