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The Cinema of the Swimming Pool


Edited By Christopher Brown and Pam Hirsch

The swimming pool frequently appears in film not merely as a setting but as a dynamic site where social, political, cultural and aesthetic forces converge. What is it about this space that has so fascinated filmmakers and what kinds of cinematic investigations does it encourage? This collection features essays by an eclectic, international range of film researchers. Amongst the works analysed are classics such as The Cameraman (1928), The Philadelphia Story (1940) and La Piscine (1969); cult hits such as The Swimmer (1968) and Deep End (1970); and more recent representations of the pool in Water Lilies (2007), Sea Point Days (2009) and Ausente (2011). The pool is considered as a realm where artifice meets nature, where public meets private, where sexualities morph and blend; and as a space that reconfigures the relationship between architecture and narrative, in which themes of pollution, spectacle and reflexivity find unique expression. Approaching the swimming pool from a wide range of methodological perspectives, the essays in this collection stake a claim for the enduring significance of this exciting cinematic space.
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Our first acknowledgement goes to Professor David Trotter who, in 2006, launched the interdisciplinary MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures at the University of Cambridge. Several of our contributors have been involved with this programme, to which David has over the years given generously of his energy, shrewdness and imagination.

We would like to thank the University of Greenwich for contributing to the publication costs of this project, and Professor Gregory Sporton at the institution for facilitating this. We would also like to thank Newnham College at the University of Cambridge for a grant from the Senior Members’ Research Fund.

Research funds at University College London and the University of Leicester further assisted some of our contributors with image reproduction costs.

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