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Outdoor Movie at Riverside Park: Harold and Maude

With Summer in full swing, it can only mean that outdoor movies can be found all around the city.  A fun movie outside, on a gorgeous Summer night, is just one of those things you must do in this city.  With a bunch of choices out there, this movie is not one of last years blockbusters, but a cult classic from the past.  We will be heading to Pier I at Riverside Park to watch, Harold and Maude.

The movie starts at dusk (around 8:30pm), but we will set up shop around 6pm, hopefully grabbing space in a great location on the pier.  Getting there early is recommended, since it becomes tough to save space the later it gets.

What to bring:

-blanket (something to sit on)

-food/snacks/drinks to share (you can make something, or pick something up on the way.. either is fine)

-possibly bug spray, or sunscreen..

Hope to see you there!

PS - A bit about Harold and Maude:

A young man with a death wish and a 79-year-old high on life find love in Hal Ashby's cult black comedy. Deadpan rich boy Harold (Bud Cort) keeps staging elaborate suicide tableaux to get the attention of his mother (Vivian Pickles), but she keeps planning his brilliant future for him instead. 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, where he meets the spirited Maude (Ruth Gordon). An eccentric to the core, Maude lives exactly as she pleases, with avid collecting and nude modeling among her many pursuits. To the disgust of Harold's relatives and the befuddlement of Harold's shrink, Harold falls in love with her. As lilting Cat Stevens tunes play on the soundtrack, Maude teaches Harold a valuable lesson about making the most of his time on earth.

I have never seen it, but have heard plenty of good things about it.  Here are some reviews of it:

-Having seen Harold and Maude half a dozen times or so I am even more enchanted each time.  A quirky, refreshing look at love in a world without boundaries and full of hope and possibilities.

-This may be a black comedy, but it is far more a message of hope and life and strength and love. Each of the characters is flawed (some are characitures) but each comes with strength from experience and with an open mind. This may be a depressing movie for some, or a shallow comedy for others, but for me, it changed forever the way I looked at life.

-It was truly one of the best, if not the best, black comedies to come out of Hollywood. The casting was inspired. Creepy Bud Cort and the quirky Ruth Gordon played so perfectly off one another. The suicide scenes were hysterical. I have shown the film to any number of friends and every one agreed with me and promptly organized to have their own copy in order to watch it again and again. Incidentally, each time you watch this film, it just gets funnier and you see something that you missed before.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    So, I talked to Casey and they are calling for 100% rain (strong storms) by 9pm. Who would be up for meeting for dinner in the same area around 6:30/7, in lieu of the movie? We could always play the weather by ear after dinner. Please let us know your thoughts! Thanks!

    July 23, 2014

  • Eliot

    i am likely to be there by 7pm. is it okay? Casey, i will text you.

    July 22, 2014

  • Casey

    Getting to the park by 6:15 shouldn't be a problem. Since data coverage can be fussy, if you guys could text me your number ahead of time I can send a group text w/ need-to- know info in addition to posting here. My number is[masked]

    July 21, 2014

  • denise

    Hello Ladies, I'm really sorry to do this, but I am no longer able to host this event. I unexpectedly need to fly out to California. I leave this Tuesday, and will be gone for about 2 weeks. I feel horrible about this, as I really wanted to watch this movie, and enjoy the night with you ladies. I'm really hoping that someone will step up to be point person (you just have to give out your number, and let people know where you are so people can gather), so that everyone can still enjoy this fun, free event. Feel free to use the comments section on here to coordinate as well. Once again, I am really sorry, and I look forward to getting back to NYC, and planning some fun events to round out the Summer.

    July 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm hoping to be there by 6:30 (Fingers crossed!). Casey, not sure what time you can be there. Between the two of us, I'm sure we can figure it out. ;) Also, if you hop off at the 1/2/3 stop at 72nd, there's a TJs, so perfect snack stop!

      July 21, 2014

    • denise

      Thank you so much ladies for stepping up. You're the best! Wish I could be there. Let's definitely hang out when I get back. :)

      July 21, 2014

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