This Friday, the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colorado, will screen Hal Ashby’s 1971 sophomore feature Harold and Maude. Made just one year after Ashby transitioned from editing to directing with his Brooklyn-set gentrification drama The Landlord, the film emerged from a dark-humored script about a May-December romance that screenwriter Colin Higgins wrote as his MFA thesis. Bud Cort stars as a morbid young man who attends a funeral for fun and meets a free-spirited octogenarian (Ruth Gordon) who reinvigorates his will to live. Set to a dulcet, folksy soundtrack by Cat Stevens, this unconventional love story was a commercial and critical disappointment upon its release, but four decades later it has become a cult classic and is recognized as an emblematic work of the New Hollywood renaissance.
Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen
A new restoration of the groundbreaking vérité documentary Streetwise joins its companion piece, Tiny: the Life of Eric Blackwell, at New York’s Metrograph theater this weekend.