Graphically Speaking: A Minimalist Take on [[Harold and Maude]]


We're continuing our look at films with a Jewish connection through minimalist posters with the 1971 classic, Harold and Maude. Though the 45 year old film was not an initial box office success, it went onto gain a cult following, finally turning a profit in 1983.  

The now classic focuses on the relationship between the over-privileged and death-obsessed Harold, whose world opens up after he meets Maude, a living life to the fullest septuagenarian at a funeral. The film was based on a screenplay written by Colin Higgins and published as a novel in 1971. Though the film's narrative and both character's stories primarily begin from the time they meet, the poignancy of Maude's story is among one of the more meaningful connections that the film makes. 

Though we learn little of Maude's past, we do find that as a young woman she lived in pre-war Vienna, was once married, and has a Nazi concentration camp tattoo on her arm. It is Maude's past that dictates her future just as her presence in Harold's life dictates his own path after they meet. Their lives, in very different stages, are made richer by having known one another. The love between the two transcends any barriers and ultimately provides a contextual sweetness one would not imagine stemming from two people meeting over a shared fascination with death. 

Said our intern, Justin Crews, of his latest design for the film, "I wanted to show the viewer how Harold's relationship with Maude affects his state of being, and what their relationship does to the two of them. In the end one wants to die and one wants to live, and that's a very unique sort of life cycle." 

See Crews' design below.

Justin Crews is more than a talented artist and M.F.A. Animation candidate at SCAD. He's also an intern at AJFF, and you could be too. Interested? Let us know.