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June 29, 2009


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Bill - I have been here reading all along but not commenting much anywhere these past few months.

I grew up listening to Cat Stevens (adored by my mother) and was so interested to read about his connection to a filmmaker whose body of work stands the test of time so well.


Harold & Maude is one of my all time favorite movies! One of the things i like most about it is all the Cat Stevens music. It's perfect. :)

John Arends

Being There is my favorite quintessential Hal Ashby film. It simply wouldn't "be" -- couldn't have been realized -- without his sensibilities anchoring it, pulling all that talent together to create such a sublime and layered story. Sheer wonderfulness.

And as an editor...quite a few masterpieces in there, too, where he helped shape "the final rewrite"... In the Heat of the Night and The Cincinnati Kid among them.

I had a chance to talk with him briefly about a project late in that troubled, final decade. His voice was reed-like and he was quite exhausted, but I hung on every word.

Thanks for sharing, and for sparking the recollections.

Elsita :)

I feel so lucky that I was able to see both movies Billy, Thank you!
Then listening to Cat Stevens was a real treat, what a beautiful voice plus is really cool. And listening to the actor who played Harold in "Harold and Maude"... was the ultimate gift of the night.
I think that Hal Ashby was some kind of genius, he really understood everything about telling a good and provocative story through his films. He understood music and photography. His movies are all unique.
Elsi :)

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