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Sat Jan 7, 2012, 03:17 PM

 

Maude from "Harold and Maude" was an anarchist! In the best sense of the word.



One of my favorite movies.

Maude is Emma Goldman, transported to the 70s. Mikhail Bakunin without the beard.

Examples:

Maude: [gesturing to a sick tree growing through a sidewalk] Harold, we have *got* to do something about this life.
Harold: What?
Maude: We'll transplant it. To the forest.
Harold: You can't do that.
Maude: Why not?
Harold: This is public property.
Maude: Well, *exactly*.

Harold: You hop in any car you want and just drive off?
Maude: Well, not any car - I like to keep a variety. I'm always looking for the new experience.
Harold: [smiling] Maybe.
Harold: [more seriously] Nevertheless, I think you're upsetting people. I don't know if that's right.
Maude: Well, if some people get upset because they feel they have a hold on some things, I'm merely acting as a gentle reminder: here today, gone tomorrow, so don't get attached to things *now.* With *that* in mind, I'm not against collecting stuff.

Maude: [to a motorcycle officer] *Don't* get officious. You're not yourself when you're officious - That is the curse of a government job.

Maude: You know, at one time, I used to break into pet shops to liberate the canaries. But I decided that was an idea way before its time. Zoos are full, prisons are overflowing... oh my, how the world still *dearly* loves a *cage.*

Maude: Harold, *everyone* has the right to make an ass out of themselves. You just can't let the world judge you too much.

Maude: Vice, Virtue. It's best not to be too moral. You cheat yourself out of too much *life.* Aim above morality. If you apply that to life, then you're bound to live life fully.



Harold is who we are.

Maude is what we all wish we could be.







If you haven't seen this flick, do not pass go, do not collect $200, go right out and see it.

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Reply Maude from "Harold and Maude" was an anarchist! In the best sense of the word. (Original post)
Taverner Jan 2012 OP
barbtries Jan 2012 #1
Taverner Jan 2012 #2
barbtries Jan 2012 #6
Taverner Jan 2012 #8
canoeist52 Jan 2012 #3
pink-o Jan 2012 #4
Taverner Jan 2012 #9
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mattvermont Jan 2012 #10
Brickbat Jan 2012 #11

Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 03:20 PM

1. i love that movie.

i made my sons sit and watch it with me over thanksgiving.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 03:28 PM

2. Note how he wears EXACTLY what his Shrink is wearing in each scene with them

 

Kind of a "fuck you" to him, don't you think?

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Response to Taverner (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 05:04 PM

6. i never did notice that

even though i watched the movie about 8 times in the theater. every time i watched it there was some other comic bit i'd never noticed before.

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Response to barbtries (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 05:20 PM

8. They put a lot of details into that movie

 

The first few times I saw it I never noticed the Concentration Camp Tattoo on her arm....

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 03:45 PM

3. That's one of my all-time favorite classics - and yes she WAS an original free-thinker.

and, I fear, wouldn't last long here.

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Sat Jan 7, 2012, 04:15 PM

4. One of my faves. Always on my Top 5 list!

Along with Network, Being There, Dr Strangelove, and Sleeper.

Ruth Gordon won an Oscar for Rosemary's Baby, but everyone knows she should have taken it home for Maude. And I LOVE the fact that it was filmed near my home. But the absolute icing on the cake is the soundtrack. How much did we love Cat Stevens after that movie???

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Response to pink-o (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 05:21 PM

9. Did you know Ruth Gordon was a Hollywood writer for years?

 

Worked for all the big studios, but made peanuts.

She was also a hottie back in the day:

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 04:22 PM

5. I have it on LaserDisc

 

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 05:09 PM

7. Never seen it

Thanks for bringing it up. Its on my list now.

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Sat Jan 7, 2012, 06:15 PM

10. Cat Stevens clinched the deal. nt

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Response to Taverner (Original post)

Sat Jan 7, 2012, 07:36 PM

11. Saw it for the first time a couple of years ago, and I cried and cried.

Great stuff.

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