THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK

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  1. THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK
  1. 1969, Robert Altman, USA, 112 min.
  2. 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)