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Film Club: Harold and Maude

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February 3 @ 6:00pm 7:00pm

In conjunction with our special exhibit, Picasso and the Allure of the South, we are hosting a series of film conversations focusing on movies that highlight the power of place.

It works like this: We assign a movie that is available at a low cost or free on one or more digital platforms; we provide you with some questions to get you thinking as you watch the film; we all watch the film on our own; and then we meet virtually for a Zoom conversation facilitated by a Dalí Museum staff member.

This first film in this series will be Harold and Maude (1971). The film Harold and Maude centers around two people who meet at a funeral and develop a deep bond, they work to reconcile their disparate beliefs about the meaning life. This conversation will be curated by our Volunteer Coordinator, Simone Crawley. You can find the film on the following platforms for $2.99 through YouTube, Vudu, Google Play and $3.99 on Apple TV.

To prepare for the discussion, please refer to the following thought starters: 

  1. Think about Harold and Maude’s first interaction together. How does this interaction predict their subsequent relationship?
  2. Throughout the film, the wealth differences between Harold and Maude are evident. Does this shape their different actions and/or outlooks? If so, how?
  3. Both Harold and Maude are “rebels”, but in very different ways. Why do you think this is?
  4. How do Maude and Harold’s attitude towards, and interactions with, strangers differ? Why do you think so?
  5. Do you believe that either character was meant to be relatable to viewers?
  6. How do you feel the soundtrack impacted the story of the film?
  7. Harold is obsessed with suicide and death in theory. When facing an actual death, Harold is not amused. What does this say about Harold?
  8. Related to the previous question, how do Maude and Harold view death differently?
  9. What does the last scene of the film mean to you?
  10. What would be the response if this movie was recreated today?