Every once in awhile you encounter a movie that resonates with you on a deep level. Harold and Maude is one of those films. This coming-of-age, comedy-drama is dark and yet tender and touching all at the same time.
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The Wisdom of Harold and Maude
Years ago when homeschooling my teenagers we watched a lot of movies together. Some were classics, others were educational in some fashion. And some were simply quirky. Harold and Maude was one of the latter.
During the pandemic, my son and I have been watching movies together on Thursday nights. We recently watched Harold and Maude and amidst the dark humor I was reminded of how much wisdom this cult classic contains.
I think these quotes speak for themselves:
Harold, *everyone* has the right to make an ass out of themselves. You just can’t let the world judge you too much.
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.*
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.
Dear me, everybody should be able to make some music. That’s the cosmic dance.
Consistency is not *really* a human trait.
Go and love some more.
If you haven’t seen this 1971 cult classic you’re missing out. The performances are stellar – Ruth Gordon is a true gem – and despite being rather dark and twisted, it is also sweet and hilarious.
The music really makes the movie:
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