Just prior to his career breakthrough M*A*S*H, Robert Altman made this memorably unsettling psychological thriller, which originally premiered at the Canned Film Festival. Frances Austen, a young, wealthy spinster, invites a mute teenager into her apartment after finding him freezing in the park next to where sh lives. Despite her best efforts, their lack of communication only increases her sense of loneliness, as her possessiveness spirals into frightening new realms. A remarkable central performance by Sandy Dennis anchors this fascinating, haunting tale, anticipation... Altman's subsequent studies of female psychological breakdown, Images and 3 Women. Shot by Laszlo Kovacs (Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces) with Altman's trademark long lenses and drifting zooms, as well as intriguing experimentation with sound, That Cold Day in the Park is a long-neglected gem from an American master. The masters of cinema series is proud to present its UK home video premiere in a new Dual-Format edition. [show more]
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Robert Altman directs this psychological drama starring Sandy Dennis as a lonely, middle-aged woman who invites a young boy to live with her in her apartment. After finding an unnamed, mute boy (Michael Burns) in a nearby, rainy, Vancouver park Frances Austen (Dennis) invites the teenager to accompany her back home. In her pursuit of love and affection, and to assuage her long-time loneliness, Frances imprisons the boy and cares for his every need and desire, a role the boy is happy to fulfil. But her own desires soon take over as her possession of him grows increasingly obsessive and she goes to great lengths to get what she wants...