Crime, Drama, Romance
13 Aug

Retro Film Series Presents

La Piscine

New 4K Restoration

Friday, August 13 at 6:50pm

The bright sun of the French Riviera is deceptive in this alluring work of slow-burn suspense from thriller specialist Jacques Deray and legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. Formerly one of European cinema’s most iconic real-life couples, Alain Delon and Romy Schneider reunited for this film, bringing a palpable erotic chemistry to their performances as the bronzed and beautiful vacationers whose summer holiday on the Côte d’Azur is interrupted by the arrival of an old acquaintance (Maurice Ronet) and his eighteen-year-old daughter (Jane Birkin)—unleashing a gathering 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. Long a cult film in France, where it’s celebrated as a masterpiece of Gallic Noir — but with much of the action taking place around the colorful, sun-splashed swimming pool of the title. Music by Michel Legrand.

In French with English subtitles


Restored in 4K from the original 35mm negative. Restoration supervised by Filmo, commissioned by SND, with the support of the CNC.

“STRIKING… A PRISTINE RESTORATION… Pretty people behaving poorly in beautiful settings is something we don’t see as much of in cinema. This is a MASTER CLASS in the subgenre, and one of UNUSUAL DEPTH.” – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“ICILY EROTIC! Seething passion and emotional chaos lie beneath the symbolically placid surface of the villa’s swimming pool, which becomes the site for both seduction and violent revenge.” – Dave Kehr, The New York Times