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La piscine - Criterion Collection

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Genres: Crime, Drama, Romance
Starring: Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet
Director: Jacques Deray
Plot Synopsis:

The bright sun of the French Riviera is deceptive in this languorously alluring exercise in slow-burn suspense from thriller specialist JACQUES DERAY(Borsalino) and legendary screenwriter JEAN?CLAUDE CARRIÈRE (Belle de jour). Ten years after their breakup, one of European cinema’s most iconic real-life couples, ALAIN DELON (Le samouraï) and ROMY SCHNEIDER (The Trial), reunited for this film, bringing a palpable erotic chemistry to their performances as the bronzed and beautiful vacationers whose blissed-out summer holiday on the Côte d’Azur is interrupted by the arrival of an old acquaintance (Elevator to the Gallows’ MAURICE RONET) and his eighteen-year-old daughter (Blow-Up’s JANE BIRKIN)—unleashing a gathering tidal wave of sexual tension, jealousy, and sudden violence. A paragon of 1960s modernist cool thanks to effortlessly chic clothes and a loungy MICHEL LEGRAND score, La piscine dives deep to reveal sinister undercurrents roiling beneath its seductive surfaces.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: July 20th, 2021
    MPAA Rating: Not Rated
    Movie Release Year: 1969
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:122 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray Disc
    New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressedmonaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p AVC/MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.66:1
    Audio Formats:French: LPCM Mono
    Special Features:
    • The Swimming Pool: “First Love Never Dies,” the English-language version of the film
    • Fifty Years Later, a 2019 documentary by Agnès Vincent-Deray featuring actors Alain Delon and Jane Birkin, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, and novelist Jean-Emmanuel Conil
    • New interview with scholar Nick Rees-Roberts on the film’s cinematic and aesthetic legacy
    • Archival footage featuring Delon, Birkin, actors Romy Schneider and Maurice Ronet, and director Jacques Deray
    • Alternate ending
    • Trailers
    • PLUS: An essay by film critic Jessica Kiang
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