Sheryl Mousley of the Walker Art Center (left), actor Bud Cort, and Al Milgrom of Minnesota Film Arts, at the Karlovy Vary film festival on July 4. Bud Cort was there for a screening of the 1971 film Harold and Maude, directed by 70s great Hal Ashby. At the Variety post-screening party, Cort approached Mousley and Milgrom to acknowledge the Minneapolis film audience that sustained Harold and Maude‘s three-year run at Edina’s now-defunct Morningside Movie Theater. Cort reported that this long run made the film’s reputation and helped “change his career.”
While best known for his turn in Harold and Maude, Bud Cort’s film career actually kicked off when he was “ discovered” by director Robert Altman, who cast him in both M*A*S*H and Brewster McCloud. Brewster McCloud, one of Altman’s lesser-known films, stars Cort as a boy living in a fallout shelter who dreams to fly in the Houston Astrodome. A must-see for both Cort and Altman fans, the fantastical farce also features an incredibly long-lashed Shelley Duvall, who too had just been discovered by Altman–at a Houston cosmetics counter, no less.
Here’s a link to the Karlovy Vary festival’s website story about Bud Cort and his time living with Groucho Marx.