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The Cinema of the Swimming Pool

The Cinema of the Swimming Pool

Brown, Christopher and Hirsch, Pam (eds.) (2014) The Cinema of the Swimming Pool. New Studies in European Cinema, 17 . Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, Bern, Switzerland. ISBN 9783034317832

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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.

Item Type: Edited Book
Additional Information: Contents: Christopher Brown/Pam Hirsch: Introduction: The Cinema of the Swimming Pool – Chris O’Rourke: The Municipal Plunge: Silent Cinema and the Social Life of Swimming Pools – Sheri Chinen Biesen: Cinematic Comedy and the Swimming Pool: Gender, Class, Coming of Age and Sexual Identity from The Philadelphia Story (1940) to Legally Blonde (2001) – Alex Naylor: ‘The Anatomy of Atavism’: American Urban Modernity, Gothic Trauma and Haunted Spaces in Cat People (1942) – Edward Saunders: From Stadium to Street: Generations and Gentrification in Berlin Pool Scenes – Axel Andersson: The Artifice of Modernity: Alienation by the Pool Side in the Cinema of Michelangelo Antonioni – Christopher Brown: The Pools of The Swimmer (1968): Exurbia, Topography, Decay – François Penz: Atmosphère d’Eau Sauvage: Reflections on La Piscine (1969) – Pam Hirsch: A Dangerous Age: Deep End (1970) – Rose Hepworth: Staging Embarrassment in The Last Picture Show (1971) and Morvern Callar (2002) – Monika Keska: Filming the Splash: David Hockney’s Swimming Pools on Film – Clara Garavelli: The Swimming Pool as a Site of Subversion during the Spanish Transition: The Case of Pepito piscina (1978) – Matilda Mroz: The Aesthetics of Overflow: Andrei Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia (1983) in Duration – Micah Trippe: Urban Guerilla Playfare, or Skating through Empty Cinematic Pools in Dogtown and Z Boys (2001) – Sophie Mayer: Gutta cavat lapidem: The Sonorous Politics of Lucrecia Martel’s Swimming Pools – Emma Wilson: ‘The sea nymphs tested this miracle’: Water Lilies (2007) and the Origin of Coral – Piotr Cieplak: Swimming in Post-apartheid Cape Town: Sea Point Days (2009) – Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns: Cartographies of Desire: Swimming Pools and the Queer Gaze.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Swimming pool, Film, Cinema, Sexuality, Architecture, Pollution, Spectacle, Queer
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
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