1971. USA. 91 min.
Director: Hal Ashby. Featuring: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer.
When a young death-obsessed Harold Chasen meets Maude Chardin, a 79-year-old woman who shares his hobby of attending funerals, he is enchanted by her bright and carefree disposition. Maude shows Harold how to have a lust for life, liberating trees from city sidewalks, painting smiles on the faces of church statues, and borrowing cars to remind their owners that life is fleeting. To the horror of Harold’s family, their friendship blossoms into a madcap romance. The Library of Congress selected the quirky, dark comedy for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1997. Introduction by Hal Ashby biographer Nick Dawson and producer Chuck Mulvehill
This is a free, unticketed event. Please arrive fifteen to thirty minutes before the listed start time to find a seat.
In addition to this screening, the Virginia Film Festival will be conducting a Shot-by-Shot Workshop of the feature. Created and presented for many years by the late Roger Ebert, the yearly Shot-by-Shot Workshop offers movie lovers a rare chance to enjoy live commentary on classic films by leading film experts. The presentation will be presented by Nick Dawson, biographer of the film’s legendary director Hal Ashby. The workshop will be done in two parts, each held as a separate event with a ticket price of $8.00. You may find the first workshop page here and the second here.
Downtown Mall : Vinegar Hill Theatre