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Alain Delon




"The Swimming Pool"

Avco Embassy Pictures, Corp., 1969.  Directed by Jacques Deray.  Camera:  Jean-Jacques Tarbès.  With Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet, Jane Birkin, Paul Crauchet.

Jean-Paul, an unsuccessful writer, and Marianne, a journalist, are vacationing at a friend's villa near Saint-Tropez on the Riviera when Harry, the wealthy head of a record company, and his 18-year-old daughter Penelope arrive and disturb the couple's summer.  Harry, one of Marianne's former lovers, arouses Jean-Paul's envy for his obvious success and wealth; Jean-Paul also becomes suspicious of the attention Harry is paying to Marianne.

At a party, Harry couples with Marianne, and Jean-Paul shows a romantic interest in Penelope, who tells him that her father could resume his affair with Marianne any time he wanted her.

One night, Harry returns to the villa, where he and Jean-Claude become involved in an argument that brings out all of their suppressed animosity.  When the drunken Harry tries to hit Jean-Paul, Harry falls into the swimming pool, and Jean-Paul drowns him.  The police arrive the next day to investigate the drowning and, although they do not turn up evidence of foul play, Marianne realizes the circumstances of Harry's death.  Penelope returns to Switzerland, leaving Jean-Claude and Marianne to share the secret of Harry's murder.

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