Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Winter Kept Us Warm



1965 Canadian Feature

Cast: John Labow, Henry Tarvainen, Joy Tepperman, Janet Amos, Iain Ewing, Jack Messinger and Larry Greenspan
Director: David Secter
Writers: John Clute, Ian Porter and David Secter

Synopsis:
Popular senior Doug and shy freshman Peter, two students at the University of Toronto, develop a complex relationship.

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Notes/Trivia:
  • The title comes from the fifth line of T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land", considered one of the most important poems of the 20th century.
  • Writer/director David Secter, who wrote the film based on his own experiences, carefully coded the film's gay subtext due to fears that a more explicitly gay film would not attract an audience.
  • In 1966, Winter Kept Us Warm became Canada's first English-language film to be presented at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Although not widely remembered among the general public, Winter Kept Us Warm is considered a major milestone in the Canadian film industry as one of the first Canadian films ever to attract international attention.

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