Edited By Christopher Brown and Pam Hirsch
CHRISTOPHER BROWN AND PAM HIRSCH
Introduction: The Cinema of the Swimming Pool
The swimming pool on film has proven far more than merely a setting, instead providing a dynamic space in which a film’s central themes are played out. What is it about the pool that has so fascinated filmmakers, and what kinds of cinematic investigations does it encourage? Lynn Sherr explains the appeal of the space:
Pools glisten in the sun: they illuminate a dreary yard: they play with lines and light, as the wavy reflections of sun in water animate the straight walls. Shadows and shimmering patterns make endless new designs, always in motion, as the artist David Hockney brilliantly captured in swimming-pool paintings and collages that have redefined the colour blue. Pools are pure, a simple shape that traps nature’s force for our benefit. We think differently about water when it’s made accessible.1
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