© 1971 Mildred Lewis and Colin Higgins Productions

Harold and Maude (1971)

Harold and Maude is a film that I have seen many times on DVD, and I have a history of forcing friends to watch it. It was nice to be able to see it on a (relatively) big screen today when I was invited to a press screening in advance for a new film series that will be showing at a Tokyo cinema, celebrating “New Hollywood”.

Harold and Maude is what I consider to be a perfect film. Set in the course of week, with a handful of characters, each and every line is not only beautifully written, but also filled with meaning and essential to the plot. The cinematography and editing are creative, but likewise serve to support the story. Too bad that so many filmmakers throw in Dutch angles and MTV-style editing simply because they can.

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