The Road Sign of the Cross

I’ve watched HAROLD AND MAUDE so many times I am an actual item on the disc menu but never noticed until freeze-framing this shot below, in preparation to showing the next scene in a class, that they have special religious paint marks for parking spaces outside the church.

Fortunately I had an American student (hi Stella) who was able to confirm my suspicion that this is not an actual thing and that it’s just the filmmakers being whimsical. Pretty funny and pretty subtle if you’re not looking for it.

3 Responses to “The Road Sign of the Cross”

  1. Johan Schuurbiers Says:

    During the Q&A session you hold up a blue book. I would be very grateful if you could give me the title. I can’t make it out. My fault. Not yours.

  2. It’s been a few years… I’ll check it and let you know.

  3. Ah yes, it’s black, and it’s Peter Biskind’s Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, a gossipy account of the new Hollywood (omitting, for some reason, Peckipah and Fosse). It devotes quite a few pages to Ashby and was at the time the best source I knew of. In fact there are lots of better ones: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=hal+ashby&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_1
    I found the biography disappointing in many ways but the interviews and critical studies are worthwhile.

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