LA PISCINE (1969)
[aka THE SWIMMING POOL]
Sexual tension simmers on the French Riviera in this echt-'60s, Euro-chic erotic thriller. Jane Birkin stars alongside Alain Delon, Romy Schneider and Maurice Ronet as a quartet of tanned, toned, beautiful people who spend their summer swimming, lounging poolside and trysting with one another amid the crystal-blue waters of the Côte d'Azur. But jealousy and a creeping sense of unease gradually infect their languorous idyll — erupting one evening with a shocking act of violence. Director Jacques Deray and co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière deliver a sultry, sun-baked master class in slow-burn suspense. (Note courtesy of Film at Lincoln Center.) DIR/SCR Jacques Deray; SCR Jean-Claude Carrière; PROD Gérard Beytout. France/Italy, 1969, color, 124 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
No AFI Member passes accepted.
Restored in 4K from the original 35mm negative. Restoration supervised by Filmo, commissioned by SND, with the support of the CNC, and approved by Agnès and Laurence Deray.