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La Piscine -- Delon, Schneider and Ronet are a love triangle that leads to disaster.


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August 1970 (USA) See more »
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Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their vacation in a villa near St.-Tropez. Marianne invites former lover, Harry and his teenage daughter, Penelope to stay. Tension rises between them, especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Alain Delon ... Jean-Paul

Romy Schneider ... Marianne

Maurice Ronet ... Harry

Jane Birkin ... Pénélope

Paul Crauchet ... L'inspecteur Lévêque
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Price ... Singer

Directed by
Jacques Deray 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Claude Carrière  adaptation and dialogue
Jacques Deray  adaptation and dialogue
Alain Page  story (as Jean-Emmanuel Conil)

Produced by
Gérard Beytout .... producer
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
Jean-Jacques Tarbès 
Film Editing by
Paul Cayatte 
Production Design by
Paul Laffargue 
Costume Design by
André Courrèges 
Makeup Department
Mariel Bernard .... hair stylist
Fernande Hugi .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean Mylonas .... assistant director
Michele Sennet .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Bourgoin .... assistant camera
Jean Chiabaut .... camera operator
Jean-Jaques Tarbes .... camera operator
Music Department
Unart .... lyrics

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Also Known As:
"La piscine" - Italy (original title)
"The Swimming Pool" - USA
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120 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Alain Delon said in an interview in 2011 that he cannot watch this film again. His ex-lover Romy Schneider and good friend Maurice Ronet both died prematurely and under tragic circumstances. Revisiting the scenes are simply too painful for him.See more »
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Referenced in Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010)See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Pool of conscience, 29 June 2013
Author: Milan from Belgrade, Serbia

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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