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February 14, 2017

Episode 310: Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979)

Special Guests: Joan Micklin Silver, John Heard, Amy Robinson, Griffin Dunne, Mark Metcalf
Guest Co-Hosts: Daniel Kremer, Bill Ackerman

In Joan Micklin Silver's Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979) John Heard plays Charles, a lovelorn man who pines for Laura (Mary Beth Hurt), who's taking a break from her relationship with Ox (Mark Metcalf).

Produced by Metcalf, Amy Robinson, and Griffin Dunne, the film was initially released as Head Over Heels with a ridiculous advertising campaign that didn't capture the true spirit of the movie. Fortunately, the film was given another chance with a new ending and its proper title.

Bill Ackerman and Daniel Kremer (who's writing a book about Joan Micklin Silver) join Mike to discuss the film, which is finally getting a proper Blu-Ray release.

Listen/Download Now:

Buy Chilly Scenes of Winter on Blu-Ray
Buy Chilly Scenes of Winter by Ann Beatie
Buy Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films by Daniel Kremer
Read Chilly Scenes of Winter by Jeff Stafford
Read “Women Directors are One More Problem We Don’t Need”: Joan Micklin Silver on Chilly Scenes of Winter by Vadim Rizov
Read How 'Chilly Scenes' Was Rescued by James Atlas
Hear more from Bill Ackerman at the Supporting Characters podcast
Learn more about Daniel Kremer at the Confluence Film blog

"Head Over Heels" - The Go-Go's
"Chilly Scenes of Winter" - Cousin Emmy and the New Lost City Ramblers
"Hazy Shade of Winter" - The Bangles



  1. This is a GREAT podcast about a great picture. I'd love for there to be a BETWEEN THE LINES reunion someday, which I think is as good, same filmmaker. The kind of tonal complexity that features in her work is all too rare.

  2. Remember first seeing this on A&E,back when they played that Bobby Roth film Heartbreakers,there's a good print of it on YouTube right now,Rest In Peace,John Heard-You Were Good:)