Swimming and swimming pools have featured in movies from the very early days of cinema. Aquatic scenes in films are good value for money, they can be sensual, atmospheric or sporty. The common swimming pool gives the director an extra element for very little cost. Swimming galas and contests are great for teen movies, with the parents cheering their offspring from the gallery. A swimming pool can also offer the opportunity for the director to get creative with the water, and both indoor and outdoor pools have their own particular character.
Here are some of the very best movies that have featured swimming pools as a main part of the plot.
Made in 1965 this futuristic themed film has a swimming pool at the core of its plot. In a repressive society of the future, people who disagree with the regime are forced to walk the plank high above the pool. As they fall in the air, they are riddled with machine gun bullets, with the dead bodies splashing into the water and turning it crimson with blood. Director Jean-Luc Godard has never been afraid of courting controversy and this disturbing movie is violent but in parts this violence has comedic value which makes it all slightly bizarre.
Dustin Hoffman returns home from college to spend the summer lazing around his parents swimming pool. Under constant pressure from his father to make his mind up which career path to follow, Hoffman becomes listless and wants to take revenge. He ends up having an affair with his parents’ close friend and neighbor, partly as he is lured into this troubled relationship by her wily charms and partly to hurt his father. The torrid relationship is born to fail, especially when Hoffman falls for his lover’s daughter.
This inspirational sports video made in 2007 is a wholesome take on swimming as an activity that can benefit the body and spirit. Terrence Howard wants to start a swimming team to compete in galas and so forth and wants the young wayward people of Philadelphia to come forward and do something with their lives. It touches on the theme of racism, as Philadelphia in the early ‘70s was still under bizarre and oppressive segregation laws which did not allow black and white to share the same water. In some ways it is indicative of the problems that America still has and you are left to reflect upon the injustices of an outdated system.
Released almost two decades ago, Swimfan is a tense thriller aimed directly at the teen market. You never quite know what is hiding beneath the surface but suspect that it is something rather unpleasant. The hero which happens to be a high school student with a promising swimming career ahead of him has a one-night stand with a mysterious woman. After being dumped, the woman starts a campaign of stalking our hero with the nametag of Swimfan. The tension increases as the film progresses building up to a conclusion that is always going to end up in violence. These are just some of the great movies that have featured swimming pools, there are literally hundreds more with story lines as diverse as the locations the films are set in.