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Harold and Maude (1971)


Scenes from the Movie Harold and Maude

Lacking meaning in life, teenager Harold (Bud Cort) becomes obsessed with death. He meets geriatric, high-on-life widow Maude (Ruth Gordon) while both are attending a stranger’s funeral. Despite Harold’s domineering mother’s (Vivian Pickles) efforts to direct his life, he and Maude form an intimate bond that although unconventional, proves to be satisfying, healing, and romantic.

Harold and Maude is one of my favorite films. The first time I watched it was with a close friend who told me what a great love story it was. And it is a great love story. It is also funny and quirky, oddly real-to-life, emotional, and extremely uplifting. This is a film that can be viewed over and over and enjoyed more and more each time.

The characters are eccentric and likeable. It is a pleasure to watch Harold’s transformation from rebellious and desolate to joyous and playful. His comrade, Maude, is a woman I aspire to be more like. She embodies gratitude and nonconformity, embraces herself in truth and love, and lives each day to the fullest. She is beautiful!

The sound track is a great compilation of Cat Stevens’ songs, which so perfectly match the scenes and the mood of the film that you will carry this story with you as you continue to sing these catchy tunes. The music alone will give you the courage to surrender your fears and dance like no one is watching.

Do not let the first scene of the film fool you, “Harold and Maude” teaches us to cherish each moment of life and celebrate all the gifts it has to offer, acknowledging that death is but a transformative and natural part of the cycle of life.

I highly recommend “Harold and Maude”. It is so empowering, you won’t be able to stop singing, “If you want to sing out, sing out. And if you want to be free, be free. ‘Cause there’s a million things to be. You know that there are. And if you want to live high, live high. And if you want to live low, live low. ‘Cause there’s a million ways to go. You know that there are. You can do what you want. The opportunity’s on. And if you find a new way, you can do it today. You can make it all true. And you can make it undo. You see, it’s easy. You only need to know…”

Starring: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort
Director: Hal Ashby
Genre: Classics
Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.