Robert Altman

That Cold Day in the Park

A lonely woman invites home a mute young dropout she notices on a park bench, with unsettling consequences.

Image from That Cold Day in the Park

Canada-USA 1969
Dir Robert Altman
With Sandy Dennis, Michael Burns, Susanne Benton, Michael Murphy
110min
35mm
Certificate 15

Though Altman’s second feature Countdown (unavailable for this season) displayed some of his stylistic hallmarks in embryonic form, this third feature was his first truly personal film. It concerns the unsettling relationship that develops between a lonely woman (Dennis) and a mute young dropout (Burns) whom she notices on a park bench and invites home for food and shelter. Laszlo Kovacs’ (Easy Rider) cinematography enhances the dreamily enigmatic mood.

Restored 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funded by The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.