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The Swimming Pool
(La Piscine)

Screening on Film
Directed by Jacques Deray.
With Romy Schneider, Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet.
France/Italy, 1969, 35mm, color, 120 min.
French with English subtitles.

Former off-screen lovers Delon and Schneider were reunited on screen for this psychological thriller set against the Mediterranean splendor of Saint-Tropez. The two lovers find their languorous summer respite upset by the arrival of an old boyfriend (Ronet) with his daughter (Jane Birkin) in tow, an encounter that ignites old hostilities between the male rivals. Schneider proves to be the most compelling piece of the unlikely romantic entanglement and provides a cool, understated performance opposite the brooding Delon. The film also served as reunion of sorts for Delon and Ronet, who previously co-starred together in René Clément’s Purple Noon.

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