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“Do you…enjoy knives?”

February 22, 2008

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I watched Harold and Maude again recently. It still stands up, I think because the surrealism was so ahead of its time, and Harold’s love of death such an enduring teenage theme.

And it’s so funny. I often worry about surrealism in my own comedy–it sometimes seems like cheating to me. But a film like ‘Harold and Maude’ acts as a handy reminder that, when it’s done right–when you establish an internal logic and then stick to it– surreal comedy can levitate you out of your chair with happiness.

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