La piscine 1969
The pristine swimming pool of a glamorous couple’s private villa in the French Riviera is the focus of Jacques Deray’s 1969 tale of lust, co-dependency and revenge.

Alain Delon and Romy Schneider respectively play Jean-Paul and Marianne, lovers enjoying a blissful sojourn in a Cote d’Azur villa. Their days of continuous sex and swimming are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Harry (Maurice Ronet), a successful record producer and Marianne’s ex-boyfriend, and his 18-year-old daughter Penelope (Jane Birkin). What’s initially a friendly gathering eventually morphs into an awkward situation, as loyalties shift and jealousies erupt.

Working from a story by Jean-Emmanuel Conil (aka Alain Page), Deray and his co-scripter — none other than the great Jean-Claude Carriere — have fashioned a drama that seduces with its setting, its languorous pace, and its sexy star teaming of former real-life lovers Delon and Schneider.

Director: Jacques Deray
Cast: Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet, Jane Birkin
Country: Italy, France
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance

BD50, 2xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 02:03:44 | 45.6 Gb + 14.6 Gb
Language: Francais, English
Subtitles: English


Fifty Years Later - this recent documentary takes a closer look at the production history of La Piscine. It features interviews with Alain Delon, Jane Birkin, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrierre, and novelist Jean-Emmanuel Conil, amongst others. The documentary was produced by Agnes Vincent-Deray, widow of director Jacques Deray in 2019. In French, with optional English subtitles. (28 min).

The Swimming Pool: "First Love Never Dies" - presented here is the slightly shorter English-language version of the film, which was released internationally in 1969. In English, not subtitled. (119 min, English Dolby Digital 1.0/1080p).

Undressing a Legacy - in this new video interview, scholar Nick Rees-Roberts discusses La Piscine and its influence on fashion. The interview was conduced in 2021. (20 min, 1080p).

'68-'69: Delon, Schneider & Co. - a collection of archival production and promotional footage with Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin, Maurice Ronet, and Jacques Deray. With optional English subtitles, where necessary. (16 min, 1080p).

Alternative Ending- an alternate ending added to the Spanish release of the film. The censorship authorities of Franco-era Spain objected to the "amoral" ending in the original version and insisted that a more moralistic ending be added which suggests the imminent arrest of the culprit with the arrival of the inspector and the two gendarmes. Unlike the French version where the culprit evades justice. (1 min).

Trailers - two vintage trailers.