September 7: Harold and Maude

September 7 @ 9PM: Harold and Maude USA 1971 d. Hal Ashby with Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Ellen Greer and Cyril Cusack. Colour. 92m

Links:  AFI  IMDB  Wikipedia Full Hal Ashby Programme

No matter its later and current standing, Harold and Maude was a bomb on initial release and the New York Times declared the performances “creepy and off-putting”. Made in 1970 for $1.2 million, it did not turn a profit until 1983. The black comic mix of hippie idealism, radical individualism, free love, psychoanalysis, motorphilia and existential despair will definitely be too dark for some. Others will be less than enthused about a tendency to the saccharine in parts.

A beloved cult film with equally beloved songs by Cat Stevens.