Film: “Harold and Maude” (Regie: Hal Ashby, nach einem Drehbuch von Colin Higgins) Zusammenfassung und Analyse der ersten Minuten des Films. The first event is Harold and Maude arriving at the hospital and checking Maude into emergency care, ending with Maude giving Harold one final wave. My son recently watched the movie and thought it meant that Harold committed suicide. For revenge, Harold stages elaborate fake Suicides to … Harold is around twenty, twenty-one years old, his mother treats him as if he were a child, always trying to run his life, hoping to marry him off to a stepford wife and be done with him. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. When Harold and Maude talk at her home he tells her, without prompting, the motive for his fake suicides: when he was at boarding school, he accidentally caused an explosion in his chemistry lab, leading police to assume that he had been killed. Anybody seen this old classic & have any opinions? H al Ashby’s Harold and Maude, about the love between a suicidal young man of about twenty and an almost eighty-year-old widow, is timeless in part because it never quite belonged to its own time. Harold rushes Maude to the hospital, where she refuses treatment and dies. Critically and commercially unsuccessful when originally released, the film developed a cult following and in 1983 began making a profit. Harold and Maude is a 1971 American coming-of-age dark comedy–drama film directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. 2. [6] His mother sets up appointments with a psychoanalyst for him, but the analyst fails to get Harold to talk about his real emotions. Harold and Maude (1971) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Holding her hand, Harold discovers a number tattooed on her forearm, meaning that Maude is a survivor of the German Nazi death camps. then this is the film you have been waiting for. It is the story of a romance between a young man named Harold and an old woman named Maude. Written by Colin Higgins and directed by Hal Ashby (who also directed Being There, another of my favorites), Harold and Maude was filmed in the Bay Area in 1971. The plot revolves around the exploits of a young man named Harold Chasen (Bud Cort) who is intrigued with death. While Maude is also interested in death; she enjoys living as well and has lived her life to the fullest. Harold meets an 80-year-old woman named Maude who also lives in her own world yet one in which she is having the time of her life. and "Trouble" which were either on the album Mona Bone Jakon or Tea for the Tillerman. Add more and vote on your favourites! "[15] "The film was a runaway cult favorite, and, most memorably, in Minneapolis, residents actually picketed the Westgate Theater, and tried to get the management to replace the picture after a consecutive three-year run. I had always thought the ending meant that Harold rolled his car off the cliff, but was O.K., and went on to savor each moment of life. Harold and Maude form a genuine connection where she teaches him everything she has learnt from her long life about life, and he listens and follows her. NOTE: This spoiler was sent in by Katzinoire. They meet because they're both funeral freaks, and one day their eyes lock over a grave. While working as producer Edward Lewis's pool boy, Higgins showed the script to Lewis's wife, Mildred. UCLA student Colin Higgins wrote Harold and Maude as his master's thesis. Harold and Maude is a 1971 American coming-of-age Existentialist, Romantic, Black… [36] At the amusement park, a calliope version of the waltz "Over the Waves" by Juventino Rosas is played. [1][2] The film is ranked number 45 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Funniest Movies of all Time and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1997, for being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant". Harold and Maude is a cult classic from the 1970’s that defined film making today. "Don't Be Shy" and "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out" were not released on an album, until his 1984 compilation Footsteps in the Dark: Greatest Hits, Vol. [3][4] The Criterion Collection special-edition Blu-ray and DVD were released June 12, 2012.[5]. 2, National Film Registry list of films 1989–2006, "New to the National Film Registry (December 1997) - Library of Congress Information Bulletin", "Tom Skerritt tells us the funniest thing he ever witnessed on the Alien set", "Screen: 'Harold and Maude' and Life: Hal Ashby's Comedy Opens at Coronet; Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort Star as Odd Couple", "WGA Lists Greatest Screenplays, From 'Casablanca' and 'Godfather' to 'Memento' and 'Notorious, "Criterion Blu-ray in June: Chaplin, Ashby, Boyle, Soderbergh, Hitchcock, Inagaki", "Empire's 500 Greatest Movies of All Time", "AFI Crowns Top 10 Films in 10 Classic Genres", "AFI's 10 Top 10: Top 10 Romantic Comedy", Actor In A Leading Role – Musical Or Comedy, "Harold and Maude Broadway @ Martin Beck Theatre – Tickets and Discounts", "Viola Léger: de la langue de la Sagouine à celle de Musset", "Parsons commands stage in Paper Mill's new musical", Cat Stevens' comments about Salman Rushdie, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Harold_and_Maude&oldid=998683275, United States National Film Registry films, CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles with unsourced statements from February 2020, Album articles lacking alt text for covers, Pages using Sister project links with hidden wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. The biggest mistakes you never noticed in Harold and Maude (1971). He stages elaborate shocking fake suicides, attends funerals, and drives a hearse, all to the chagrin of his cold, narcissistic, wealthy socialite mother. The first sequence of “Harold and Maude” can be summarized in the following way: We can meet Harold and Maude in a church for the first time, during the requiem of an 80- year-old male. It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama. I couldn’t bear it. Right. You're my favorite movie once again. If you think you are an outsider, strange, bizarre, etc. Hal Ashby's comedy is too dark and twisted for some, and occasionally oversteps its bounds, but there's no denying the film's warm humor and big heart. The screenplay was subsequently novelized as Harold and Maude in 1971. After the death of Milan Erak, Harold was played by Slobodan Beštić, and the play was on the repertoire until 2003, when Tatjana Lukjanova passed away. Question: Does anyone know if the Jaguar hearse car still exists or who the manufacturer was? They fall into conversation after Maude steals Harold's hearse and offers him a ride. Also on his list were John Rubinstein, for whom Higgins had written the part, and then-up-and-coming British pop star Elton John, whom Ashby had seen live and hoped would also do the music. She also sets him up with dates he does not want and buys him an expensive car that he hates. He is entranced by her quirky outlook on life, which is bright and excessively carefree in contrast with his morbidity. HAROLD AND MAUDE WAS BASED ON COLIN HIGGINS’ THESIS FILM AT UCLA. Harold: Maude.Maude: Hmm?Harold: Do you pray?Maude: Pray? It incorporates elements of dark humor and existentialist drama. This poll has been going since 1992 and has become the most recognized poll of its kind in the world. [9], Ashby felt that Maude should ideally be European and his list of possible actresses included dames Peggy Ashcroft, Edith Evans, Gladys Cooper and Celia Johnson as well as Lotte Lenya, Luise Rainer, Pola Negri, Minta Durfee, and Agatha Christie. This is very much a foreshadowing of the ending: Spoiler: She commits suicide by sleeping pill overdose on her 80th Birthday. The music in Harold and Maude was composed and performed by Cat Stevens. [33], Colin Higgins later adapted the story into a stage play. CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (, Footsteps in the Dark: Greatest Hits, Vol. It was the suggestion of an alternate interpretation of the current ending with a supernatural ending. The production starred Estelle Parsons as Maude and Eric Millegan as Harold.[42][43]. It omitted the two original songs and all instrumental and alternative versions of songs and was generally composed of re-released material that was in the film, along with five songs that were not in the film. [24] In September 2008, Empire listed Harold and Maude as #65 in Empire's 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. To know when people like your submissions, answer your questions, reply to you, etc., please. Brebner, Anne (guest); Morrison, John (Host) (May 6, 2011). Nothing more to report today. Harold drifts away from the life that his detached mother (Vivian Pickles) prescribes for him, and slowly develops a strong friendship, and eventually a romantic relationship, with a 79-year-old woman named Maude (Ruth Gordon), a Nazi concentration camp survivor who teaches Harold about living life to its fullest and that life is the most precious gift of all. Harold and Maude Critics Consensus. Meet Harold. [8] Higgins says he originally thought of the story as a play. I think a good comparison would be how Harold… Mildred was so impressed that she got Edward to give it to Stanley Jaffe at Paramount. Filming locations in the San Francisco Bay Area included both Holy Cross Cemetery and Golden Gate National Cemetery, and the ruins of the Sutro Baths. Harold and Maude, Movie, 1971 Pictures provided by: bh , DAF555 , afonso Display options: Display as images Display as list Make and model Make and year Year Category Importance/Role Date added (new ones first) Episode Appearance (ep.+time, if avail.) The amusement park is Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (California USA) / Penny Arcade. The list was released in 2000. Shari Summers as Edith Phern, Harold's second blind date, whom he dissuades by pretending to cut off his hand. As they become closer, their friendship blossoms into a romance. Hal Ashby was brought in to direct instead, but he … One by one, Harold frightens and horrifies each of his appointed dates, by appearing to commit gruesome acts such as self-immolation, self-mutilation and seppuku. Your quote only deals with the the first 2. Harold and Maude is a 1971 American coming-of-age dark comedy–drama film directed by Hal Ashby and released by Paramount Pictures. Ashby’s direction, Colin Higgins’s narrative, and Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon’s acting “weave a gentle spell,” as film critic Matt Zoller Seitz put it, by providing the audi Those albums had been released before the film. Harold doesn't even make pallbearer. The film was based on a screenplay written by Colin Higgins and published as a novel in 1971. Judy Engles as Candy Gulf, Harold's first blind date, whom he scares off by apparently setting himself on fire. other Jaguar hearses have been built, but they all have been custom built. As the couple dance, Maude tells Harold that she "couldn't imagine a lovelier farewell." Funeral Films: Harold and Maude By Gail Rubin, The Doyenne of Death ®. Exclusive to the Blu-ray edition are a new digital restoration of the film with uncompressed monaural soundtrack and an optional remastered uncompressed stereo soundtrack. Harold and Maude was acknowledged as the ninth-best film in the romantic comedy genre.[27]. During the scene where Harold is floating face-down in the swimming pool, the opening bars of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. other Jaguar hearses have been built, but they all have been custom built. The young Harold lives in his own world of suicide-attempts and funeral visits to avoid the misery of his current family and home environment. Harold is a 20-something that is obsessed with death. The Harold and Maude Home Page. Visible crew/equipment: When Maude pulls the banjo out of a cabinet, you see the reflection of crew and lights. The first soundtrack was released in Japan in 1972 on vinyl and cassette (A&M Records GP-216). Oh dear sweet Maude. The Sunnyvale HS Marching Band is also heard playing "The Klaxon" by Henry Fillmore outside the church following a funeral. Comparing The Graduate & Harold and Maude: Both movies are romantic comedies. Although some top critics weren’t so fond of Hal Ashby‘s dark comedy Harold and Maude when it was released in 1971, it was certainly cherished on many college campuses and beyond. HAROLD: Maude, please. They're both happy and tragic at the same time. [11], For Harold, in addition to Bud Cort, Ashby considered all promising unknowns, Richard Dreyfuss, Bob Balaban, and John Savage. [38] The Yugoslav premiere of the play was performed at the Belgrade Drama Theater two months after its performance on Broadway, on March 23, 1980, directed by Paolo Magelli. When Maude pulls the banjo out of a cabinet, you see the reflection of crew and lights. At one point, Higgins mentioned the script to Lewis’ wife, who persuaded her husband to take a look. Unending Main Character Response. Ashby would only commit to directing the film after getting Higgins' blessing and then, so Higgins could watch and learn from him on the set, Ashby made Higgins a co-producer. I communicate.Harold: With God?Maude: With life. Unbeknownst to Harold, Maude is secretly planning to commit suicide on her eightieth birthday. Worth Main Character Unique Ability The second is Harold waiting in the waiting room for news of Maude’s death, ending with a doctor revealing that she has passed, and Harold … She thinks nothing of breaking the law, including stealing cars, uprooting a tree from a public space to re-plant it, speeding, and parking on a city sidewalk. In the final sequence, Harold's car is seen going off a seaside cliff, but after the crash, the final shot reveals Harold standing calmly atop the cliff, holding his banjo. She and Harold form a bond and Maude shows Harold the pleasures of art and music (including how to play banjo), and teaches him how to make "the most of his time on earth. The plot revolves around the exploits of a young man named Harold Chasen (Bud Cort) who is intrigued with death. "[14] Vincent Canby also panned the film, stating that the actors "are so aggressive, so creepy and off-putting, that Harold and Maude are obviously made for each other, a point the movie itself refuses to recognize with a twist ending that betrays, I think, its life-affirming pretensions. Maude maintains such a carefree outlook, in strong contrast to Harold's morbidity and is trying to convey this to Harold. Trivia: The character of Maude was based on Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Grey Panthers. Roger Ebert, in a review dated January 1, 1972, gave the film one-and-a-half out of four stars. "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out (banjo version)"—previously unreleased, "Don't Be Shy (alternate version)"—previously unreleased, "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out (instrumental version)"—previously unreleased, "Don't Be Shy (demo version)"—previously unreleased, "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out (alternative version)"—previously unreleased, This page was last edited on 6 January 2021, at 15:15. Higgins wanted Gordon and Pryor to reprise their respective roles. He rushes her to the hospital but she dies. Don’t die. What a profound ending. In the movie Harold and Maude, the ending is very different than The Graduate, but before I get into that I'm going to compare the two. After the film came out, the script was turned into a novel then a play, which ran for several years in Paris. Harold’s mother wishes him to have a wife, but he deflects every person she sends his way, scaring them away with morbid words or actions. She restates her firm belief that eighty is the proper age to die. "[20], On June 12, 2012, The Criterion Collection released Harold and Maude for Region 1 on DVD and Blu-ray, both of which includes a collection of audio excerpts of director Hal Ashby from January 11, 1972 and of screenwriter Colin Higgins from January 10, 1979, a new video interview with Yusuf/Cat Stevens, a new audio commentary by Ashby biographer Nick Dawson and producer Charles B. Mulvehill, and a booklet which includes a new film essay by film and television critic Matt Zoller Seitz. [citation needed] In 2012, Niki Caro, Wanuri Kahiu, and Cyrus Frisch voted for "Harold and Maude". The original Broadway production, starring Janet Gaynor as Maude and Keith McDermott as Harold, closed after four performances in February 1980. Design and text © 1996 - 2021 Jon Sandys. It was also adapted for the stage by the Compagnie Viola Léger in Moncton, New Brunswick,[40] starring Roy Dupuis. Harold and Maude first meet at a funeral, no coincidence since attending these rituals for the dead is a shared hobby. Harold seems to have a bizarre psychological fascination with death. Harold and Maude was based on an original screenplay written by producer Colin Higgins. He had been suggested by Elton John to do the music after John had dropped out of the project. Contact me | Privacy policy | Join the mailing list | Links. You can unsubscribe at any time. Tim Blume. [39], A French adaptation for television, translated and written by Jean-Claude Carrière, appeared in 1978. No. Harold and Maude is a cult classic from the 1970’s that defined film making today. Starring: Bud Cort, Cyril Cusack, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Pickles. The character of Maude was based on Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Grey Panthers. At a stranger's funeral service, Harold meets Maude, a seventy-nine-year-old woman who shares Harold's hobby of attending funerals. A young man with a death wish and a 79-year-old high on life find love in Hal Ashby's cult black comedy. Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. The biggest mistakes in the Harry Potter movies, The 20 biggest mistakes in The Wizard of Oz, 25 mistakes you never noticed in great movies, 40 biggest mistakes in The Big Bang Theory, More questions & answers from Harold and Maude. Chosen answer: The hearse seen was custom built for the film, and was destroyed as seen in the film. The main take away … When I say obsessed, I don’t mean you and Netflix. A cult classic, the Hal Ashbury-directed and Colin Higgins-written film Harold and Maude hit theaters in 1971. The story began as a thesis project at UCLA. After Maude's death, Harold realizes that now he has to start a new life. Other exclusives are a New York Times profile of actress Ruth Gordon from 1971, an interview from 1997 with actor Bud Cort and cinematographer John Alonzo, and an interview from 2001 with executive producer Mildred Lewis. Harold announces that he will marry Maude, resulting in disgusted outbursts from his family, analyst, and priest. Death can be as funny as most things in life, I suppose, but not the way Harold and Maude go about it. [44] The sequel, Harold's Story, would have Cort portray Harold's life after Maude. [10] Ruth Gordon indicated that in addition she heard that Edwige Feuillère, Elisabeth Bergner, Mildred Natwick, Mildred Dunnock, and Dorothy Stickney had been considered. Director Hal Ashby appears in an uncredited cameo, watching a model train at an amusement park. Ending / spoiler for Harold and Maude (1971), plus mistakes, quotes, trivia and more. Now when I say old, I mean old. "Greensleeves" is played on the harp during dinner. Alex Godfrey, The Guardian, explains the surprising-in-retrospect history related to the movie’s poor initial reception: The biggest mistakes you never noticed in Harold and Maude (1971). 1971 American romantic dark comedy–drama film by Hal Ashby. On her 80th birthday, Maude takes tablets to kill herself, but doesn't tell Harold until it's too late. Harold drifts away from the life that his detached mother (Vivian Pickles) prescribes for him, and slowly develops a strong friendship, and eventually a romantic relationship, with a 79-year-old woman n… Harold and Maude was also a play on Broadway, and the script for the play was published as Harold and Maude: A … As he reaches this part of the story, Harold bursts into tears and says, "I decided then I enjoyed being dead.". Harold and Maude (1971) Synopsis: The young Harold lives in his own world of suicide-attempts and funeral visits to avoid the misery of his current family and home environment. HAROLD AND MAUDE. Higgins sold the script with the understanding that he would direct the film but he was told he wasn't ready, after tests he shot proved unsatisfactory to the studio heads. OBSESSED. Two years later, AFI released the list AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions honoring the most romantic films for the past 100 years, Harold and Maude ranked #69. Writer Colin Higgins was a student by day, and earned a living as a pool boy for producer Edward Lewis. This is the philosophy, Maude has taught him. All rights reserved. Maude lives in a decommissioned railroad car. [21][22][23], Harold and Maude is #45 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Years... 100 Laughs, the list of the top 100 films in American comedy. And then there’s Maude. Maude, already a free spirit, frees Harold of his obsession with death, as in the last scene, SPOILERS, after Maude ends her life, he commits one last fake suicide, crashing his hearse and walking away playing the banjo. Harold and Maude - the ending The ending of the story is a moral lesson which teaches the viewer that each end is a new beginning. We see it sailing off a cliff and crashing on the rocks in the surf. The hearse seen was custom built for the film, and was destroyed as seen in the film. It contained a 30-page oral history of the making of the film, comprising the most extensive series of interviews yet conducted on Harold and Maude. I mean drives a hearse, fakes his own death on a regular basis, and attends the funerals of strangers. At that point, it was a 20-minute short. Confused, he questions Maude as to her meaning and she reveals that she has taken an overdose of sleeping pills and will be dead by midnight. His mother tries enlisting him in the military by sending him to his uncle, who served under General MacArthur in the Second World War and lost an arm, but Harold deters his recruiting-officer uncle by staging a scene in which Maude poses as a pacifist protester and Harold seemingly murders her out of militarist fanaticism. "[17] In 2005, the Writers Guild of America ranked the screenplay #86 on its list of 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written. The movie based around a young man named Harold Chasen, and an old woman Maude. The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists: At the 29th Golden Globe Awards, Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon received a nomination for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy film, respectively.[32]. He bought it immediately, but although Higgins insisted on directing the film, Paramount refused to accommodate the request, believing the fresh-out-of-school writer was unready. Harold seems to have a bizarre psychological fascination with death. [13], Harold and Maude received mixed reviews, with several critics being offended by the film's dark humor. The visual style makes everyone look fresh from the Wax Museum, and all the movie lacks is a lot of day-old gardenias and lilies and roses in the lobby, filling the place with a cloying sweet smell. "[19] In 2017, Chicago Tribune critic Mark Caro wrote a belated appreciation, "I'm sorry, Harold and Maude, for denying you for so long. There is some additional non–Cat Stevens music in the film. According to … Please, don’t die. The movie based around a young man named Harold Chasen, and an old woman Maude. (Higgins, p. 99); prompted by Maude ending her life, he destroys the hearse. [12], Anne Brebner, the casting director, was almost cast as Harold's mother, when Vivian Pickles was briefly unable to do the role. Whenever I mention funeral films, invariably those of the baby boomer generation cite Harold and Maude, a cult classic comedy film from 1971.Ironically, while this movie is remembered for the main characters attending the funerals of people they don’t know, there are only two funerals depicted during the film. [25] Entertainment Weekly ranked the film #4 on their list of "The Top 50 Cult Films. 1 are heard. [18] Sight & Sound magazine conducts a poll every ten years of the world's finest film directors, to find out the Ten Greatest Films of All Time. Higgins expressed interest in 1978 about both a sequel and prequel to Harold and Maude. Harold and Maude is a black comedy directed by Hal Ashby. Higgins also imagined a prequel showing Maude's life before Harold, Grover and Maude had Maude learning how to steal cars from Grover Muldoon, the character portrayed by Richard Pryor in Higgins' 1976 film Silver Streak. Harold is death, Maude life, and they manage to make the two seem so similar that life's hardly worth the extra bother. "[6] Meanwhile, Harold's mother is determined, against Harold's wishes, to find him a wife. She steals cars as a means of transportation—parks one, then steals another—so in one of these handy vehicles she takes Harold to her home, a cluttered renovated Pullman railway passenger coach, built in 1913. Harold Chasen is a young man obsessed with death. Finally the camera pans up to reveal Harold standing at the edge, playing "If You Want to Be Free, Be Free" on his banjo. The main roles were played by Tatjana Lukjanova (Maude), Milan Erak (Harold), Žiža Stojanović (Mrs. Chasen). Harold meets an 80-year-old woman named Maude who also lives in her own world yet one in … Maude's birthday arrives, and Harold throws a surprise party for her. [37], The second soundtrack was released in December 2007, by Vinyl Films Records, as a vinyl-only limited-edition release of 2,500 copies. "[16], The reputation of the film has increased greatly; Rotten Tomatoes, which labeled the film as "Certified Fresh", gave it a score of 85% based on 46 reviews, with an average score of 7.66/10. Harold returned home just in time to witness his mother react to the news of his death by faking a ludicrously dramatized fainting. A consensus on the site read, "Hal Ashby's comedy is too dark and twisted for some, and occasionally oversteps its bounds, but there's no denying the film's warm humor and big heart. Frisch commented: "An encouragement to think beyond the obvious! Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback. [35] Stevens composed two original songs for the film, "Don't Be Shy" and "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out" and performed instrumental and alternative versions of the songs "On the Road to Find Out", "I Wish, I Wish", "Miles from Nowhere", "Tea for the Tillerman", "I Think I See the Light", "Where Do the Children Play?" "[26], In June 2008, AFI revealed its "Ten Top Ten"—the best ten films in ten "classic" American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. Harold endlessly stages his own suicide; though he tries, he can’t stop his mother from meddling in his affairs; etc. After gazing down at the wreckage, he dances away, picking out on his banjo Cat Stevens's song "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out", which Maude played and sang for him. [41], A musical adaptation, with songs by Joseph Thalken and Tom Jones, premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, in January 2005. Witness his mother react to the Blu-ray edition are a new life the of... 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