That Cold Day in the Park (1969) UK Quad Poster
The first of Robert Altman’s madness trilogy, with Images (1972) and 3 Women (1977) to follow. Here he uses water (he shot in a wintry Vancouver) in the same way as Images, to externalise the state of her emotions. Sandy Dennis, in her most powerful and restrained performance, plays a repressed thirty-something woman who becomes fascinated by a young man who sits in the park in the rain. She invites him into her home and discovers he is mute, (although this turns out not to be true). He’s only too happy to let her buy him clothes and food, and although there’s no sexual component to this transaction, the unspoken erotic tension nonetheless builds to a macabre breaking point.
Shot by László Kovács immediately after filming Blood of Dracula’s Castle (1969), who became the visual architect of counter-culture cinema with Getting Straight, Five Easy Pieces and Alex in Wonderland (all 1970), The Last Movie (1971), Pocket Money (1972) and Shampoo (1975) all the way to big 80s blockbusters, Ghostbusters (1984) and 90s thrillers like Copycat (1995).
Condition: FINE - pinholes, edge folds bottom right corner
Cast: Sandy Dennis, Michael Burns - Thumb Tripping (1972), Susanne Benton - A Boy and his Dog (1975), David Garfield, Luana Anders - Pit and the Pendulum for Roger Corman (1961), Dementia 13 (1963), The Trip (1967) and Easy Rider (1969)