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Winter Kept Us Warm (1965)

Its the 1960s at the University of Toronto. Doug is a well-liked senior with an equally popular girlfriend. Peter is a shy freshman, and new to the big city. Peter and Doug become best ... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
John Labow ...
Doug
Henry Tarvainen ...
Peter
Joy Fielding ...
Bev (as Joy Tepperman)
Janet Amos ...
Sandra
Iain Ewing ...
Artie
Jack Messinger ...
Nick
Larry Greenspan ...
Larry
Sol Mandelsohn ...
Hall Porter
George Appleby ...
House Don (as George R. Appleby)
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Its the 1960s at the University of Toronto. Doug is a well-liked senior with an equally popular girlfriend. Peter is a shy freshman, and new to the big city. Peter and Doug become best friends and soon start going to concerts, drinking, and playing in the snow together. When Doug brings Peter to a steam bath and washes his back, the friendship seems headed to a whole new level, at least in Doug's mind. But when Peter emerges from a party after having sex with a co-ed, things get even more complicated... Written by Havan Ironoak <Havan_Ironoak@bigfoot.com>

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[Director David Cronenberg on the influence Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) had on his career:] "I can't say the 'University of Toronto' led me to horror, but what it did do was lead me to cinema, though I never studied cinema. There was a student called David Secter who was making a movie called Winter Kept Us Warm (1965), which starred some friends of mine. And it never occurred to me that you could make a movie. It was unlike someone growing up in LA where everybody's parents were in the business. In Toronto, no one's parents were in the movie business because there wasn't a movie business.(...) The number of films I've seen that have impressed me is endless. But actually, Winter Kept Us Warm (1965) is the most influential film of my life in a weird way. It wasn't a horror film - it was a drama about students coping with life at the 'University of Toronto' - and it wasn't because of its artistry. It was just the fact it was made. It's hard to reproduce the shock I felt when I saw my classmates on screen in a real movie, acting. It was like magic: you are watching TV and suddenly you are in the TV, acting in some TV series. It was that kind of shock." ('The Guardian' 14th Sept. 2014) See more »

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Ground breaking Film
19 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

This ambitious student feature, shot at the University of Toronto, holds an important place in the history of independent Canadian film making. It was the first Canadian film to be invited to the Cannes film festival. It is also an important early film touching the subject of homosexuality.


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