Each year I’m reminded of Robert Service’s poem, The Cremation of Sam McGee. My feet never seem to be warm enough, no matter how many fur-lined boots I buy. The only boots that have ever worked were big gumboots lined with thick felt that I bought to go ice fishing once. Once was enough, as my fingers felt like they would break off after threading so many hooks. The rustic sauna is the one place I crave, and like Sam McGee I could sit on those hot coals throughout the depths of winter.
It got me thinking about some of the movies I felt best captured the cold during the depths of winter. Dersu Uzala immediately came to mind, especially the scene in which Dersu rushes to put together a thick reed hut to keep him and the captain warm before night falls.
Charlie Chaplin certainly captures the sense of humor and pathos in battling the cold in Gold Rush, to the point of being forced to eat his shoe.
Guy Maddin’s The Saddest Music in the World is not only a great evocation of winter but of beer too. Who else could think of two prosthetic glass legs attached to the lovely Isabella Rossellini.
The Cold War never got colder than it did in Ice Station Zebra, which surprisingly hasn’t been listed in the database yet. Only someone as daft as Patrick McGoohan would take his hoody off in weather like that.
Of course, most people think of being closed in during winter, and this usually brings out the worst in us as Stanley Kubrick so richly depicted in The Shining. No need to mention the lame remake.
One also thinks of romance in winter, being curled up nice and tight next to your loved one, forgetting all about those cold feet as in Doctor Zhivago. Doesn’t hurt having the beautiful Julie Christie next to you.
Here are a few other titles that come to mind on these cold winter days,Read less