Joan Micklin Silver

Chilly Scenes of Winter

Chilly Scenes of Winter

The trailblazing Joan Micklin Silver—one of only five women to direct a film for a Hollywood studio in the 1970s—digs fearlessly into the psychology of a thorny relationship in this anti–romantic comedy, based on Ann Beattie’s best-selling novel, about lovelorn civil servant Charles (John Heard) and his married-but-separated coworker Laura (Mary Beth Hurt). Months after their affair has ended, Charles is haunted by memories as he desperately attempts to rekindle a love that perhaps never was. Switching deftly between past and present, Micklin Silver guides this piercing deconstruction of male wish-fulfillment fantasy beyond standard movie-romance tropes into something more complicated and cuttingly truthful.

Film Info

  • United States
  • 1979
  • 95 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #1176

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New program featuring producers Griffin Dunne, Mark Metcalf, and Amy Robinson
  • Documentary from 1983 by Katja Raganelli about director Joan Micklin Silver
  • Excerpts of a 2005 interview with Micklin Silver
  • Original ending of the film, cut by Micklin Silver for its rerelease in 1982
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Shonni Enelow

    New cover by Marc Aspinall

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Mar 28, 2023

BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New program featuring producers Griffin Dunne, Mark Metcalf, and Amy Robinson
  • Documentary from 1983 by Katja Raganelli about director Joan Micklin Silver
  • Excerpts of a 2005 interview with Micklin Silver
  • Original ending of the film, cut by Micklin Silver for its rerelease in 1982
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Shonni Enelow

    New cover by Marc Aspinall
Chilly Scenes of Winter
Cast
John Heard
Charles
Mary Beth Hurt
Laura
Peter Riegert
Sam
Kenneth McMillan
Pete
Gloria Grahame
Clara
Nora Heflin
Betty
Jerry Hardin
Mr. Patterson
Tarah Nutter
Susan
Mark Metcalf
Ox
Allen Joseph
Blind man
Frances Bay
Mrs. Delillo
Griffin Dunne
Dr. Mark
Alex Johnson
Elise
Beverly Booth Rowland
Woman in park
Oscar Rowland
Man in store
Ann Beattie
Waitress
Angela Phillips
Rebecca
Margaressa Peach Taylor
Dancing nurse
Credits
Director
Joan Micklin Silver
Screenplay by
Joan Micklin Silver
Based on the novel by
Ann Beattie
Producer
Griffin Dunne
Producer
Mark Metcalf
Producer
Amy Robinson
Cinematographer
Bobby Byrne
Music by
Ken Lauber
Editor
Cynthia Scheider
Production designer
Peter Jamison