Friday, October 2, 2009

Movies to watch: La Piscine (The Swimming Pool)

I just decided to blog about movies to watch from time to time now. These are movies I like because of their story, the actors and maybe some other aspects like the music, the book they're based on and of course the style of the clothes and scenery. Today my pick is 'The Swimming Pool' (OT: La Piscine) from 1968 with Romy Schneider, Alain Delon, Jane Birkin and Maurice Ronet and directed by Jacques Deray.

Story: Jean-Paul (Alain Delon) - an unemployed writer - and his lover Marianne (Romy Schneider) spend their vacation in a villa near St.-Tropez. The summer break is interrupted by Jean-Paul's old friend and Marianne's former lover Harry who unexpectedly shows up for a visit together with his daughter Penelope. After Marianne invites them to stay the tension between the grown ups rises as it comes to erotic intimations between the love triangle and old enmities between Jean-Paul and Harry soon begin to resurface. Male rivalry unfolds and after Jean-Paul seduces Penelope it comes to a fight at the pool between the two men – with deadly consequences…

Why I like it: Of course the cast is formidable. Take former couple Romy Schneider and Alain Delon (including his sexy icecold looks) plus Jane Birkin and you can't do no wrong. Even though the movie's story might seem thin, the way the actors play their characters makes it worth seeing. Then I like the minimalism of the scenery with most of the story taking place in the villa and the villa's outdoor pool. Being shot in '68 the movie features great 60's clothes and furniture. Romy Schneider and Jane Birkin, both known for their inspiring personal style, show off some cute mini dresses and 60's swimwear.