Back in 2004, I wrote: “Before there was a Rocky Horror Picture Show phenomenon, and before midnight movies like Phantom of the Paradise, and well before Tommy and Carrie were the order of the day, there was Harold and Maude. Director Hal Ashby’s cult classic spoke to the generation of the early 1970s much as Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night and Karel Reisz’s Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment had to the preceding one of the mid-‘60s. In fact,Harold and Maude was not only embraced by those ‘70s kids, but its wholly iconoclastic worldview significantly broadened the way many of them thought. Detailing the non-platonic romance of Harold (play by the even-younger-looking-than-his-23-years Bud Cort) and Maude (the 75-year-old Ruth Gordon), the film crossed a line that even today seems almost unthinkable. Of course, it did so partly by creating two characters who were far from anything that might be called average.”
Full review here: http://avl.mx/r6
Harold and Maude is being shown Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Laughing Heart Cinema in Hot Springs.