Posted by Carolyn Classen
Only one showing tonight of:
Harold & Maude at 7 p.m. February 14, Valentine’s day 2014, of this unforgetable, age-defying cult movie showing at the Loft Theater, 3233 E. Speedway.
Not sure why it’s become a cult movie, but I guess it’s the 60 year age difference between young Harold and elderly Maude, plus the wonderful Cat Stevens (aka Yusuf) tunes.
There’s going to be a prize for the couple with the biggest age difference, plus a Harold & Maude costume contest (don’t forget the yellow umbrella), and a free raffle for romantic goodies. What fun. One of my friends married a guy 14 years younger, but they’re not in town for this V-Day event.
“A 19-year-old man with a death wish and a 79-year-old woman high on life find love, much to the shock of the rest of the world, in Hal Ashby’s beloved black comedy, Harold and Maude. Deadpan rich boy Harold (Bud Cort) stages elaborate (and increasingly hilarious) fake suicide attempts in order to gain the attention of his exasperated mother (Vivian Pickles), who ignores her son’s morbid shenanigans and blithely plans his brilliant future for him.
Obsessed with the trappings of death, Harold freaks out his blind dates, modifies his new sports car to look like a mini-hearse, and attends funerals for fun. But when Harold meets the irrepressible, anything-for-a-thrill septuagenarian Maude (Ruth Gordon), everything changes. An eccentric to the core, Maude lives exactly as she pleases, with avid collecting, nude modeling and car theft among her many pursuits.
Much to the horror of Harold’s relatives and the befuddlement of his shrink, Harold and Maude fall in love, and as lilting Cat Stevens tunes play on the soundtrack, Maude teaches Harold a few things about making the most of his time on earth. Equal parts gallows humor and romantic innocence, Harold and Maude, one of the biggest cult classics of the ‘70s, is a delightfully offbeat romantic comedy for ALL ages. (Dir. by Hal Ashby, 1971, USA, 91 mins., Rated PG) Digital”
I’ve seen this movie several times and always enjoy watching the suicidal Harold find friendship with eccentric Maude. It’s all about love isn’t it today, Valentine’s Day? Cat Stevens’ music continues to live on and so does Yusuf/Cat Stevens, who has 1.1 Million likes on his Facebook page.
And if you have time at 5 p.m. before this showing. drop by Metal Arts Village. 3230 N. Dodge Blvd. (north of Ft. Lowell Rd.) for their open house (till 8 p.m.) under the FULL MOON. Very romantic for Valentine’s Day 2014, especially in their sculpture garden. Check out the new studio C where Dutch immigrant Arjen Hart has his enchanting, luminous metal based pictures.
photo of “Lojong Lightyears” courtesy of Arjen. www.arjenhart.com