I don't love 'Harold and Maude' as much as the people who really love 'Harold and Maude' --of which there are many-- but I do love the ending. It's so subtle and beautiful and wonderful that it makes you want to scream YES YES YES YES THIS IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT!!!!
In fact, I just did that. Give me a moment to compose myself.
I guess you need to know the whole film to truly feel the ending, but maybe not. There's something so sweet and quiet about it that it could resonate with you simply by watching the video. The whole bit with Cat Steven's "Trouble" beforehand is wonderful, masterful filmmaking. But for me, what really makes me SCREAM SCREAM SCREAM GOING YES YES YES THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT!!!! -- is from 3.20 on the video.
It slowly tilts upwards. We see him. He's still alive.
We cut to a closer angle.
Then he starts playing.
And we hold on this one shot as he turns and walks away -- the beautiful chords of 'If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out', and then Cat Stevens fades in as Harold dances to the left of frame. YES YES YES THAT IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT!
And then there's the ending of 'Rushmore'.
I love the idea that a world exists where a guy can make a hand gesture to a DJ, and by that alone he'll know to play 'OOH LA LA' by THE FACES! I mean, that's just not the world we live in is it. But that's why we have movies! We get to geek out and imagine life really is that COOL.
I don't know if it's the whole film or just the final scene that I love or maybe just the fact that 'Ooh La La' is one of my all time favourite songs. You know how some songs, you just feel like, YES, THAT IS ME! THAT SONG IS ME!
Well that's how I am with 'Ooh La La'.
So any film that ends with slow motion dancing to the track is going to be one of my favourite films.
Isn't it sad that movies have to end? Sometimes you want them to last forever. They give us these wonderful characters for a couple of hours, we get to love them, and then they take them away!
Luckily, 'Ooh La La' and 'If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out' are regular visitors to my headphones, always with me.