Harold and Maude by Colin HigginsNineteen-year-old Harold Chasen is obsessed with death. He fakes suicides to shock his self-obsessed mother, drives a customized Jaguar hearse, and attends funerals of complete strangers. Seventy-nine-year-old Maude Chardin, on the other hand, adores life. She liberates trees from city sidewalks and transplants them to the forest, paints smiles on the faces of church statues, and “borrows” cars to remind their owners that life is fleeting—here today, gone tomorrow! A chance meeting between the two turns into a madcap, whirlwind romance, and Harold learns that life is worth living. Harold and Maude started as Colin Higgins’ master’s thesis at UCLA Film School, and the script was purchased by Paramount. The film, directed by Hal Ashby, was released in 1971 and it bombed. But soon this quirky, dark comedy began being shown on college campuses and at midnight-movie theaters, and it gained a loyal cult following. This novelization was written by Higgins and published shortly after the film’s release but has been out of print for more than 30 years. Even fans who have seen the movie dozens of times will find this companion valuable, as it gives fresh elements to watch for and answers many of the film’s unresolved questions.
Cat Stevens - I Think I See The Light
Harold and Maude Soundtrack
Bud Cort has just come back from Ringo Starr's birthday breakfast. He has known Ringo for a while he says. Cort is, it's clear, a well-connected man; he has been in the film business for nearly 45 years, ever since playing the wide-eyed, ethereal lead in one of the key films of the s, Harold and Maude, Hal Ashby's tale of a tender romance between a death-obsessed year-old Cort and a life-loving, joyriding year-old Ruth Gordon. Yet Cort's career never topped it and, by his own admission, he's had "a chequered life". Raised in suburban New York, he had a Christian education and was headed for the priesthood before getting into acting through nightclub comedy gigs. A friend gave him the Harold and Maude screenplay and, after reading it, he related to the macabre kid in search of a connection. Cort says he was an emotional child, and his father, who had been in the first platoon to arrive at Dachau, had always been "very cold" to him.
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I blinked. He started talking about Marvel films. I realized I was wearing a Marvel shirt. Not wanting to explain that I was actually wearing pyjamas and had only ever watched Marvel films because a girl I had a crush on was obsessed with them, I nodded along. I was at a college open day, trying to decide which subjects to take.
The music in Harold and Maude was composed and performed by Cat Stevens. He had been suggested by Elton John to do the music after John had dropped out of the project. Those albums had been released before the film. There is some additional non—Cat Stevens music in the film. During the scene where Harold is floating face-down in the swimming pool, the opening bars of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. A marching band is also heard playing a march titled "The Klaxon" by Henry Fillmore outside the church following a funeral.