Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Harold and Maude

Harold is a death obsessed 20 year who likes to stage fake suicides and attend funerals. Maude is a free spirited eccentric on the verge of 80 who enjoys nude modelling and engaging in minor crimes. Naturally the two meet and fall in love. Harold and Maude is a movie founded on an incredibly creepy premise that is handled extraordinarily well by writer Colin Higgins who employs both humor and subtlety. Directed by Hal Ashby, one of the great and highly unappreciated directors of the 1970s, he stages and frames the film exceedingly well. Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon are fine in the leads and a delightful soundtrack provided by Cat Stevens guides the way in this surprisingly pleasant film.