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La Piscine (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.

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Steve Eckardt ...
Fred (as Steve Eckhardt)
Maddly Bamy ...
La mulâtre qui danse (as Madlybamy)
Suzie Jaspard ...
Emilie
Thierry Chabert ...
Un ami
Stéphanie Fugain ...
Une amie à la party
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Ruth Price ...
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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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Warm, wet bodies fresh in the sweet heat of loving. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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During the making of this film, Alain Delon's former bodyguard, Stephan Markovic, was found dead in a public dump, ushering the "Markovic Affair". Markovic's brother started a feud with Alain Delon and his friends, one of whom was the French President, Georges Pompidou. Both Delon and his long-standing friend François Marcantoni were questioned by the police immediately after the murder. Marcantoni was originally charged for the murder, but after further questioning by the police, he was released. Later, the drama continued when supposedly inappropriate photos of Madame Pompidou were found. Commissionaire Aimé-Blanc, who was involved in the obtaining of the photos, stated that the photos were planted by old Gaullist clans who had long-term tension against Pompidou. This led to controversy over whether the photos were real. The murder of Markovic was never solved. There were plenty people who had the motive to kill him. He was a major gambler, but it created many enemies because of the recurring theory that he would cheat. In addition, Markovic was specially known for throwing high class parties with Delon. At these parties, it is alleged that Markovic would set up cameras throughout the house, especially in the bedrooms. He gathered plenty of questionable photos of the guests, which would damage their status in society. These photos most likely were used as blackmail, especially when he approached multiple newspapers trying to sell the photographs. Surprisingly, some of these photos were alleged to be directly targeting Delon and Marcantoni. However, the most important photos Markovic supposedly had were scandalous photos of Pompidou's wife. This was a major concern to Pompidou since he was preparing to run for France's president. Alain Delon communicated with more gangsters, such as Z, Bimbo, and Petit René. Suspiciously, many of them met violent deaths after meeting Delon. However, François Marcantoni was Delon's closest Corsican gangster friend. When Delon's bodyguard, Markovic, mysteriously died, Marcantoni and Delon came under investigation. One of the factors pointing in that direction was a letter of Stevan Markovic to his brother Aleksandar where he wrote: "If I get killed, it's 100% fault of Alain Delon and his godfather Francois Marcantoni." Marcantoni was initially charged with the murder. However, after being questioned by the police, the charges were eventually dropped and the crime was never solved. As of 2016, Delon is the only member left of the Markovic affair to be still alive. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 7 (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Piège à Reflets
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
Solo Violin by Stéphane Grappelli
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Captures a certain atmosphere, but quite a bit flawed
29 March 2008 | by (Paris, Fr) – See all my reviews

La Piscine stands out the atmosphere of a quiet summer vacation in Saint-Tropez, that is away from all the tourists and partying. A dull vacation? Not for the happy ones who can be content with "love and fresh water" (as we say in French). That's the starting point. The opening shots establishing this are probably the best part of the movie. Yes, once in a while the first reel contact is not on a part with the rest.

The first time I saw it, La Piscine left me with a good impression. The atmosphere was sufficient for my pleasure, the whole plot consistent and above all you felt on holiday with the characters. Now on second viewing you can't but feel sorry for Delon as Romy Schneider and Maurice Ronet clearly are in charge there. Even with the sometimes (very) weak lines they shine. On second viewing you also notice that the furniture in the house are ugly, that the director does a poor job (ah those awful zoom shots and unnecessarily moving camera...).

On the whole it could have been quite a bit better. Still worth watching for the opening scene, Romy, Maurice Ronet, and Romy again.


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