Harold and Maude review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 03/22/12
A story of wealthy eclectic boy named Harold Chasen (Bud Cort) fascinated with death whose mother, Mrs. Chasen (Vivian Pickles), wants him to get married. He encounters and meets Maude (Ruth Gordon), who also has a passion of attending funerals. Harold becomes fascinated with Maude’s fervor and perception of life and the pair becomes close. One of many laughable scenes was one of his attempts at suicide with the gun, bloody restroom and the girl who was an actor introduced to Harold.
Spectacular screenplay with memorable quotes: Maude – “You can't let the world judge you too much.” “Well, if some people get upset because they feel they have a hold on some things, I'm merely acting as a gentle reminder: here today, gone tomorrow, so don't get attached to things” Harold – “I haven't lived... I've died a few times.” The soundtrack and cinematography was brilliant. An unlikely air, this was a more enjoyable watch than The Graduate, though some scenes may have been over the top and impossible such as stealing cars and even a cop’s motorcycle. Harold and Maude maybe different, it does however makes you think about conventional relationships, alienism of youth, death, material objects and views of life.