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The Swimming Pool (1969)

La piscine (original title)
Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their vacation in a villa on the French Riviera near St-Tropez. Marianne invites her former lover, Harry, and his teenage daughter to stay. Tension rises between them, especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope.

Director:

Jacques Deray

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Jean-Claude Carrière (adaptation), Jacques Deray (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alain Delon ... Jean-Paul
Romy Schneider ... Marianne
Maurice Ronet ... Harry
Jane Birkin ... Pénélope
Paul Crauchet ... L'inspecteur Lévêque
Suzie Jaspard Suzie Jaspard ... Emilie
Maddly Bamy Maddly Bamy ... La mulâtre qui danse (as Madlybamy)
Thierry Chabert Thierry Chabert ... Un ami
Steve Eckardt Steve Eckardt ... Fred (as Steve Eckart)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Price Ruth Price ... Singer
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Storyline

Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their vacation in a villa near St.-Tropez. The main feature of the villa is a swimming pool, stage for most of the action. After a visit Marianne invites former lover Harry and his teenage daughter Penelope to stay. Tension between the grown-ups rises especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope. The consequences are deadly. Written by Peter Zunneberg <p.zunneberg@tip.nl>

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The first one out is in...the last one out is dead! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

August 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Swimming Pool See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,989
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Both French and English-language versions of the film were made, with the actors filmed speaking English for the international release, which was unusual at a time when movies were always either dubbed or subtitled. That 114-minute international release, shorter than the French version, also had slightly different editing. See more »

Goofs

The Maserati Ghibli sports car is a V8 and should have 8 cylinders. Harry says it is a V8 with 4 cylinders when he tries to impress Jean-Paul at the end of his joyride. See more »

Quotes

Jean-Paul: You talk a lot about the others, but never a word about Harry.
Marianne: Because there's nothing to tell.
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Alternate Versions

Spanish ending. A short shot of about 20 sec is added at the end for moral reasons: high angle on Inspector Levêque stopping his car in front of the house, followed by a police van. See more »

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Featured in De zomer draait door: Episode #2.22 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Run, Brother, Rabbit, Run
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Sung by Delaney Bramlett
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Pool of conscience
29 June 2013 | by mim-8See all my reviews

This fine French crime drama, is not appreciated as it should be. The cast may be the reason, but there is no one, that comes to mind of contemporary French actors, at the time, that could have added something more to this. The centerpiece of this tale, of moral and emotional decadence is the swimming pool by beautiful villa, somewhere near Saint-Tropez and it radiates summer passion, it's turquoise waters filled with guilty conscience, calling for trouble between three old friends and lovers. Burden each of them carries, would lead to crime even without "sweet Jane" stirring it up to boiling point. Her presence is so light and she almost appears as a mirage, in between scenes of old passions, lust and grudges not forgotten.

The film is everything but slow paced and boring. There is no surplus scene, and I can't imagine how it could be done differently. Of course such films in general are not for audiences of ready-made movies, but for those who will savor Jacques Deray's fine direction, and beautiful cinematography of Jean-Jacques Tarbès. They did a fine job in submerging a willing viewer into exquisite beauty of Romy Schneider, Alen Delon's cool in portrayal of insecure, troubled man that finds his life utterly pointless, Maurice Ronet's subtle acting performance of a successful composer who is afraid of his success, and Jane Birkin's girlish naiveté, ruffle the pool of love and hate. Interraction between Schneider, Delon and Ronet adds another level to it, and the story glides well with every scene serving the story of superficial, emotionless people trapped in their small worlds, in witch they are suffocating. Beautiful film, worth every minute of your time, and not just in cold winter months.


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