||On a stroll through
the Sutro Bath ruins, one-armed Uncle Victor
(Charles Tyner) offers morose young Harold (Bud Cort) a lesson on the joys
of military service in Harold and Maude. "Only one thing kept going
through my mind. Kill! Kill for Joe and Mack and all the rest of the guys!
Kill!" The 1971 feature directed by Hal Ashby is one of the cinema's greatest
dark comedies. Harold is obsessed with death until he meets 79 year-old
free spirit Maude. Highlights include several fake suicide attempts Harold
stages to horrify his guileless mother, played by Vivian Pickles. Ruth Gordon
is total perfection as Maude. San Franciscans will also appreciate one scene
that exquisitely documents the former landmark collection of makeshift sculpture
that used to dot the mudflats near west bound I-80 and the Bay Bridge and
was for many years considered a blight by some.
about Harold and Maude