Harold and Maude


From the start I couldn’t help but consider this super-stylized movie about a troubled rich boy a proto-Wes Anderson production. I’d be willing to travel a few hours to see it on 35mm.

Careful sequencing and timing of scenes give a sense of not only repetition but routine, despite Harold and Maude’s recklessness and “freedom.” This steady rhythm prevents the story either from melting into treacle or exploding into farce, making for one of the loudest quiet movies I’ve ever seen.

Cat Stevens is as integral to this movie as Leonard Cohen is to McCabe and Mrs. Miller, which also came out in 1971.




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