The cuddliest of the New American Cinema auteurs of the seventies was born on this day in 1929. Hal Ashby’s output from that decade never loses its ability to astonish; bookended by two of the era’s great social-minded comedies, The Landlord (1970) and Being There (1979), in between it makes one remarkable cinematic statement after another: Harold and Maude (1971), The Last Detail (1973), Shampoo (1975), Bound for Glory (1976), and Coming Home (1978). We dig this photo we dug up of Ashby (who died in 1988) behind the scenes with Maude herself, Ruth Gordon.
A Sound for Love and Loss: Bo Harwood on A Woman Under the Influence
With just piano and guitar, longtime Cassavetes collaborator Bo Harwood created a score that highlights the melancholy in the director’s acclaimed domestic drama.