Best Films - 1971

Harold and Maude (1971) directed by Hal Ashby, starring Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort
Veteran actress-screenwriter-playwright Ruth Gordon enjoyed a major film career renaissance following her Oscar-winning devilish turn in Rosemary's Baby in 1968. In Harold and Maude, the 75-year-old Gordon had her first starring role in a motion picture. Her offbeat performance as the free-spirited Maude helped turn this quirky, anti-establishment comedy into one of the major cult films of the 1970s. Bud Cort (Brewster McCloud) plays Harold, the death-obsessed young man who learns to appreciate life with Maude's help. With the perfect black-humorous touch, Hal Ashby directed Colin Higginss' poignantly funny screenplay.

Harold and Maude
The Boyfriend
A Clockwork Orange
$ / Dollars
Johnny Got His Gun
Summer of '42
Utvandrarna / The Emigrants

Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange)
Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude)
Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show)
Richard Brooks ($ / Dollars)
Philippe de Broca (La Poudre d'escampette / Touch and Go)
Robert Mulligan (Summer of '42)
Ken Russell (The Boyfriend)
Steven Spielberg (Duel)
Jan Troell (Utvandrarna / The Emigrants)
Dalton Trumbo (Johnny Got His Gun)

Max von Sydow (Utvandrarna / The Emigrants)
Richard Attenborough (10 Rillington Place)
Dirk Bogarde (Morte a Venezia / Death in Venice)
Timothy Bottoms (Johnny Got His Gun)
Timothy Bottoms (The Last Picture Show)
Bud Cort (Harold and Maude)
Peter Finch (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
Roberto Gucciola (Sacco e Vanzetti / Sacco and Vanzetti)
Michael Jayston (Nicholas and Alexandra)
Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange)

Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude)
Mia Farrow (See No Evil / Blind Terror)
Goldie Hawn ($ / Dollars)
Glenda Jackson (The Music Lovers)
Glenda Jackson (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
Mildred Natwick (Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate)
Debbie Reynolds (What's the Matter with Helen?)
Liv Ullmann (Utvandrarna / The Emigrants)

Pierre Lindstedt (Utvandrarna)
Eddie Axberg (Utvandrarna / The Emigrants)
Cyrill Cusack (Sacco e Vanzetti / Sacco and Vanzetti)
David Giles (Nicholas and Alexandra)
John Hurt (10 Rillington Place)
Ben Johnson (The Last Picture Show)
Aubrey Morris (A Clockwork Orange)

Monica Zetterlund (Utvandrarna)
Ellen Geer (Harold and Maude)
Georgiana Hale (The Boyfriend)
Glenda Jackson (The Boyfriend)
Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show)
Lea Massari (Le Souffle au coeur / Murmur of the Heart)
Vivian Pickles (Harold and Maude)
Agneta Prytz (Utvandrarna / The Emigrants)
Ulla Smidje (Utvandrarna / The Emigrants)
Irene Worth (Nicholas and Alexandra)

Colin Higgins (Harold and Maude)
Richard Brooks ($ / Dollars)
Penelope Gilliatt (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange)
Herman Raucher (Summer of '42)
Jan Troell & Bengt Forslund (Utvandrarna / The Emigrants)
Dalton Trumbo (Johnny Got His Gun)

Pasqualino De Santis (Morte a Venezia / Death in Venice)
John Alcott (A Clockwork Orange)
Nestor Almendros (Deux anglaises et le continent / Two English Girls)
John A. Alonzo (Harold and Maude)
Lucien Ballard (What's the Matter with Helen?)
Oswald Morris (Fiddler on the Roof)
Robert Surtees (The Last Picture Show)
Robert Surtees (Summer of '42)
David Watkin (The Boyfriend)
Frederick A. Young (Nicholas and Alexandra)

Michel Legrand (Summer of '42)
Richard Rodney Bennett (Nicholas and Alexandra)
Georges Delerue (Deux anglaises et le continent / Two English Girls)

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