Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 134: Mon Sep 27

La Piscine (Deray, 1969): Prince Charles Cinema, 3.15pm

This classic French thriller also screens on September 30th at the Prince Charles. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Famous in its day for reuniting real-life former lovers Alain Delon and Romy Schneider on-screen, this forgotten 1968 psychological thriller by Jacques Deray deserves to be rediscovered for its darkly sensual story. Delon plays Jean-Paul, an out-of-work writer shacked up with Marianne (Schneider) at her pastoral villa on the sunlit Riviera. Seemingly blissfully in love, they never stray far from poolside, but their idyll is disrupted by the arrival of Jean-Paul’s old friend Harry (Maurice Ronet) and his comely 18-year-old daughter Penelope (Jane Birkin). After Harry brings up his past romance with Marianne, Jean-Paul begins flirting with Penelope, initiating a dangerous and escalating rondo of psychosexual games.
Joshua Katzman

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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