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Harold and Maude

When: June 25-July 1 2010

Since reopening, the Varsity on Franklin Street has specialized in rereleases of older and more recent movies. For the next week, it's playing a true cult classic: the 1971 black comedy Harold and Maude, directed by Hal Ashby. Filmed from a script that writer Colin Higgins (Silver Streak, 9 to 5) got into producers' hands while he was working as a pool cleaner, it flopped upon its initial release (Variety claimed it offered "all the fun and gaiety of a burning orphanage") but became a hit with midnight screenings, eventually being picked as one of the American Film Institute's funniest films ever made. Its tale of the suicidal rich boy Harold (Bud Cort) who develops an interesting relationship with the 79-year-old life force Maude (Ruth Gordon) influenced a generation of filmmakers, in everything from the stylized look of Wes Anderson to the hearse Thora Birch's character drives in Ghost World (or the poster in the background of the opening sex scene of Alfonso Cuarn's Y tu mamá también). And hey, the Cat Stevens soundtrack isn't bad either! Enjoy this rare opportunity to see Harold and Maude on the big screen through July 1. —Zack Smith

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