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The Set of 400: #285 – My Favorite Faux Self-Immolation

Today! Because everyone has the right to make an ass out of themselves –

Harold and Maude (1971)

Directed by Hal Ashby

Starring Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort (x2), Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Eric Christmas, Tom Skerritt (x2), Ellen Geer, Shari Summers, Charles Tyner, William Lucking (x2)

One of the blackest comedies ever made, Harold and Maude became forever known as that movie where a teenage kid dates an elderly woman. And if that concept freaked you out, odds are you never sought the film out, despite its status as a true classic of New Hollywood cinema. It’s kinda like Nabokov’s Lolita – once you know the plot, you have to make the decision whether word of mouth and reviews are enough to get you to actually read it. Can you get out of the way of your own preconceived ideas, really.

(Lolita is an incredible book, by the way, but I doubt you needed me to tell you that.)

It’s weird, but it’s fun

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The Set of 400: #396 – My Favorite Southeast Asian Driving Range

Today! Because if I nail Hot Lips and punch Hawkeye, can I go home too?

MASH (1970)

Directed by Robert Altman

Starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Tom Skerritt, Rene Auberjonois, David Arkin, John Schuck, Gary Burghoff, Jo Ann Pflug, Roger Bowen, Fred Williamson, Bud Cort, Michael Murphy, Timothy Brown, Carl Gottlieb, Bobby Troup

For the longest time, the beginning and end of my interest in the entire MASH franchise was the play. Like the movie, it is based on the book by Richard Hooker, but except for the same basic plot and characters – football game and all – it shares few real similarities. The TV show is even further afield, again with the same characters, but even less like the play, movie, or book. All have different tones, different dialogue, and different interactions among the primaries. I was in the play my junior year of high school, having never really watched the show, and was pretty dismissive of the film at the time. I was Hawkeye, by the way, and I think it was a pretty decent show, as far as a high school production of a very adult war satire could be.

Not sure why the play pictures I have are in black and white, but here’s young me to the right, with pals young Phil and young Munchak

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