Harold and Maude


Rafael 1 Wed, Oct 11, 2017 3:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:91 min.
Director:Hal Ashby
Producer:Colin Higgins
Screenwriter:Colin Higgins
Cinematographer:John A. Alonzo
Editor:William A. Sawyer
Edward Warschilka
Cast:Ruth Gordon
Bud Cort
Note Writer:Alexis Whitham


HONORING ANN BREBNER  An unparalleled dark comedy that simultaneously redefined cinema and captured San Francisco’s post-summer-of-love malaise, Harold and Maude is an indelible part of the American zeitgeist. MVFF screens this 1971 cult classic in honor of famed Marin casting director Ann Brebner, who cast the film locally—and nearly played the role of Harold’s mother. Harold (Bud Cort), a quiet and morose young man, has what his mother calls a “sense of the absurd” that manifests itself in an incorrigible desire to fake his suicide in increasingly outlandish ways. While attending one of many funerals, Harold happens upon Maude (Ruth Gordon) casually picnicking at the cemetery. A 79-year-old with a lust for life and a penchant for stealing cars, Maude is daring, impulsive, and political—everything Harold is not. Iconic music from Cat Stevens permeates the soundtrack, and the leads carry the film through their chemistry, resulting in a tragicomic romance that is just as groundbreaking and gratifying as it was over four decades ago.

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