The story centers on a woman (the dimunitive Linda Hunt) living in her apartment with a taciturn partner. Paranoia surrounding the dark, damp basement of the building and its potential inhabitants consumes her, and when a young couple (Julian Sands and Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox) stops in, things get stranger, eventually culminating in her meeting the man who has been occupying the inclement basement. Pinter is said to have invented the “comedy of menace” -- and that term suits well here. It’s a chamber drama that contains no particular threat aside from its unsettling tone.
While the 1987 air date doesn’t exactly make this early Altman, it is obscure Altman indeed -- an off-kilter curiosity for television history buffs or those who celebrate the director’s entire catalog. Watch below. [The Seventh Art]