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Harold And Maude, A Film Released In 1971 And Directed

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Harold and Maude, a film released in 1971 and directed by Hal Ashby is a provocative and relevant anti-establishment film against today’s society’s traditional definition of love and marriage. The definition being that the older man and the younger woman is acceptable to us simply because a marriage is about propagating children. Through the relationship of Harold, a twenty-year old man, and Maude, an eighty-year old woman, Ashby presents us with the ultimate love story, one which is not set within the acceptable limitations of conventionality, yet it teaches us that love can be simple, genuine, and unselfish.
Throughout the film we get to experience alongside Harold his blossoming into his true self, most of which can be attributed to
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According to Ph.D. psychologist Nando Pelusi, “The desire for certainty and genetic possession of a partner is an ancient commandment, based on maintaining one 's status and honor.” Deferring from today’s society that has a twisted idea of love, in which it is demonstrated through a mixture of control and jealousy, Maude’s love for Harold is genuine and event innocent in a way due to its lack of possessiveness. This is clearly shown in the phrase that Maude said to him on her deathbed, “Oh! That 's wonderful, Harold. Go - and love some more.” (Harold and Maude) With just two single phrases she’s able to express that she loves him so deeply that what she truly wants is for him to be happy, even if it won’t necessarily be with her.
For the characters’ love to be truly ultimate they need to have some limitations; in this case the core and foremost limitation being the institution of marriage, since Harold and Maude think differently when desisting to this establishment. Even when authority figures in Harold’s life abundantly criticize their relationship and demean Maude’s body into an old and withered corpse; Harold is still willing to give in to the establishment of marriage his mother was presenting him with. He was of course relinquishing in his own way, yet the fact that he was complying with it was a limitation, since unlike Harold, Maude never conceded into that establishment. At the end of the film Harold was planning to
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