Chilly Scenes of Winter 03/28/23

The Criterion Collection

We never miss an opportunity to see John Heard perform. A ‘difficult’ movie that nonetheless made its mark, Joan Micklin Silver’s adaptation of Ann Beattie’s novel looks at modern romance through a realistic lens, relatable to young adults in the late 1970s: people are problematic constructs with built-in barriers to Happily Ever After outcomes. John Heard and Mary Beth Hurt lead an excellent cast that includes Peter Riegert, Kenneth McMillan, Gloria Grahame, Nora Heflin and Jerry Hardin. An initial release went nowhere, but United Artists Classics’ revised reissue three years later proved a success. On Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.