Thursday 26 February: HAROLD AND MAUDE

Hal Ashby, USA 1971. 91mins. Certificate 15

Containing one of the most memorable opening scenes in cinema history, Hal Ashby’s cult classic is a must-see for anyone who likes their comedy dark.

Where: Golden Lion, 116 Sydenham Road
When: 7.30pm Thursday 26 February 2015 Please note change of date
Tickets: £5 on the door; FREE to members!

Harold Chasen is young, rich, and obsessed with death — he fakes suicides and attends strangers’ funerals. Much to the dismay of his socialite mother, he also insists on driving a hearse around their wealthy suburban neighbourhood.

While his mother busies herself trying to find Harold a suitable wife, he finds his own match in Maude: a lively 79-year-old he meets at a funeral.

What follows is a life-affirming and darkly comic exploration of life, love and loss. Once seen it is never forgotten — make sure you join us to enjoy one of your old favourites, or discover a new one.

★★★★★ ‘Fans still argue about its meaning today; but whether it’s an attack on the emptiness of Vietnam-era nihilism or a fable celebrating the gift of life, it hasn’t lost its power to challenge and charm in 40 years.’ – Jane Graham, THE GUARDIAN ★★★★★