Treasures from the UCLA Archive: THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK – Newly Restored 35mm Print!

That Cold Day in the Park

THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK displayed Altman’s iconoclastic fascinations: a sensitivity to schisms within normalcy, a fascination with female subjectivity, and the construction of atmospheres as expressive of psychological states. Sandy Dennis portrays Frances Austen, a young spinster living in a well-appointed apartment in Vancouver, where she listlessly entertains an older suitor and engages in dull domestic routines. From her window one day, Frances spies a young man on a park bench outside, visibly cold and wet. Inviting him inside, she shows the handsome, apparently mute stranger every hospitality—food, clothes, conversation, and a room. Little does she realize that her guest has a complex life of his own, to which he escapes nightly through his bedroom window. The stage is set for conflict as Frances’s loneliness takes on a ferocity that drives the story to a harrowing conclusion. (113 mins.)

Preservation funded by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, The Film Foundation.

Preserved in cooperation with Paramount Pictures from the 35mm acetate original picture and track negatives, and a 35mm magnetic track. Laboratory services by YCM Laboratories, Audio Mechanics, DJ Audio.


Robert Altman’s THAT COLD DAY IN THE PARK screens Wednesday, January 22 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Treasures from the UCLA Archive series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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