Behind the Scenes: Harold and Maude (1971)

Harold and Maude (Wilke twitter)

Director Hal Ashby (the bearded gentleman in the leather jacket, frame left) prepares one of actor Bud Cort’s fake suicides in Harold and Maude (1971).

Hal Ashby isn’t always included in the pantheon of greatest 1970s directors alongside Coppola, Scorsese and Altman. But he should be. Though Ashby’s run was relatively brief – roughly 1970 through 1979 – in that short span he made Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo, Bound for Glory, Coming Home and Being There. I’d put that six-film run up against any director who’s ever lived.

The pic comes from the Twitter feed of screenwriter and Seattle International Film Festival programmer Brad Wilke. Definitely worth a follow @jbwilke.

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