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.