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.
Harold and Maude - Trailer
Script To Screen: “Harold and Maude”
A young man enters but we. We HEAR a record drop and begin playing. The feet pause there for a moment. A piece of heavy. The feet walk over to a chair by the wall.
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The plot: Harold is a young man obsessed with death who hangs out at funerals to sate his curiosity about what happens when you die. The scene: Perhaps the greatest obstacle for Harold to overcome in the story is his relationship with his overbearing and domineering mother, Mrs Chasen Vivian Pickles , and this scene brilliantly articulates both his inability to stand up to her and the deleterious effect she has on him. In her desperation to find him a girlfriend, Mrs Chasen decides to sign Harold up to a dating agency, for which he needs to fill in a questionnaire. There are also some incredibly moving moments, not least the brief glimpse Harold sees of Maude, late on in the film, that silently and elegantly reveals the root of her determination to live life to the full. But what really makes the picture is the accumulation of brilliantly visual black comedy — and this scene encapsulates this to a tee.
Harold and Maude. by Colin Higgins. Full Length Play, Comedy / 9m, 8f. "Offbeat upbeat comedy." - Christian Science Monitor. This is a stage adaptation of the.
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