In the Wake of life
Harold and Maude
Review by Ross Anthony

I am now reviewing this film many years after seeing it. However, I did see it several times and enjoyed it heartily. This oddly quirky comedy draws the viewer into Harold's dark dungeon life. Unwelcomed, Maude's bright flower face needles her way into that dungeon. Harold (a young man/perhaps older teen) is too passive to cast this odd senior citizen away. Anyway, she's a bit of a freak on her own and Harold has respect for that.

The comedy is not your standard variety -- probably this is one of the films that inspired the Cohen brothers. Certainly a little twisted, but with such a powerfully warm 70's sunflower heart, "Harold and Maude" endears. I think of it as the cinematic equivalent to "The Little Prince" (the book, not the film -- I haven't seen that film). These are works that are not only entertaining, but potentially outlook changing.

And as if that isn't enough, the film is sweetened with the songs of Cat Stevens. At the time of viewing, I was a big Stevens fan. If you don't know the name, here are few of his titles "It's Wild World" "Morning has Broken" "The First Cut is the Deepest" (I don't promise those songs are in the film). He's a very interesting artist in his own right. In retrospect I give this film an A.

  • Harold and Maude. Copyright © 1971. Rated PG. 1:31 mins.
  • Starring Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon.
  • Directed by Hal Ashby.
  • Screenplay by Colin Higgins.
  • Produced by Charles B. Mulvehill, Colin Higgins

Grade..........................A (3.5/4)

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