Some film legends are born, some are made. And some enter stardom through the back door, in tiny films that in retrospect have become indie touchstones. Consider, for example, the players of the following pages: Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch, who rode “Drugstore Cowboy” to mainstream Hollywood success, reteam with their partners in crime from that film; at 74, the audacious auteur Russ Meyer may not be as fast as he once was, but he shows he’s still a pussycat with a killer instinct; Jim Jarmusch takes his “Stranger than Paradise” costars on the road again; Candy Clark and Paul Lemat, stars of Jonathan Demme’s little cb-radio tale, “Handle with Care,” prove they’re still on the same wavelength; and an older (and more nattily dressed) Bud Cort celebrates the 26th anniversary of “Harold and Maude,” sans Maude.
November/December 1997
Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
Photography Director: Mary Dunn


Harold and Maude
Starring in 1971’s unlikely romance between an elderly woman and a suicidal twentysomething “was like training for the Olympics,” says Bud Cort (right). “It took a lot out of me to sustain the unhappiness of the character.” Cort has since resisted annual pitches to do a sequel, in part because he can’t imagine such a film without Ruth Gordon (framed behind him). “I came to love her very, very much. I talked to her until the day she died.”