Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 45: Tuesday Feb 14

Harold and Maude (Ashby, 1971): Rio Cinema, 6.45pm

Treats galore tonight around London on Valentine's evening but this is much the most inspired and original choice.

Time Out review:

'Like Bob Rafelson, a director similarly obsessed with the trials and tribulations of the children of the rich, Ashby forever treads the thin line between whimsy and absurdity and 'tough' sentimentality and black comedy. Harold and Maude is the story of a rich teenager (Cort) obsessed with death - his favourite pastime is trying out different mock suicides - who is finally liberated by his (intimate) friendship with Ruth Gordon, an 80-year-old funeral freak. It is most successful when it keeps to the tone of an insane fairystory set up at the beginning of the movie.'
Phil Hardy

Here is the trailer.

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