THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK
- THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK
- 1969, Robert Altman, USA, 112 min.
- With Sandy Dennis, Michael Burns
Barely noticed when first released, quickly overshadowed by MASH, and long out of circulation, THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK can now be recognized as a major artistic breakthrough in Robert Altman’s illustrious career--“his first genuinely personal film,” as biographer Patrick McGilligan notes. The story stakes out the director’s abiding interests in unstable identities and feminine psychology, as it relates a perverse cat-and-mouse game between a sexually repressed woman (Dennis) and the apparently homeless boy (Burns) whom she shelters, then imprisons in her Vancouver apartment. Altman’s signature style is present in force: the fluid, densely layered interplay of mise-en-scene, camerawork, and soundtrack, displayed most dazzlingly in a tour-de-force scene set in a gynecologist’s office. Preservation funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. 35mm. (MR)