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Director: Frank Perry

Screenwriter: Eleanor Perry

Producer: Roger Lewis, Frank Perry

Editor: Sidney Katz, Carl Lerner, Pat Somerset

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Janice Rule, Janet Landgard, Kim Hunter, Joan Rivers

Cinamatographer: David L. Quaid

Music: Marvin Hamlisch

 

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The Swimmer

Scheduled to attend: Chris Innis

 

narrative • USA • 1968 • 35mm • 95 MIN

section: Restorations and Rediscoveries

Burt Lancaster stars as Ned Merrill, a middle-aged married father who, one summer afternoon, makes the unusual decision to swim his way home through the backyard pools of his upper middle-class Connecticut neighborhood. Without the use of flashbacks, Ned's past is revealed gradually as each pool evokes past memories, events, and relationships. As he gets closer to home, the darker and more disturbing aspects of Ned's character bubble to the surface. One of the most unusual and underrated films of the 1960s, director Frank Perry's The Swimmer began life as a popular John Cheever short story that was adapted into script form by Perry's wife, Eleanor. The fascinating cult movie had a tumultuous production history, including an extensive series of re-shoots where Perry was replaced by another director, Sydney Pollack. Academy Award winning editor Chris Innis, the ultimate Swimmer authority, will be present to introduce this 35mm print and discuss her extensive research after the screening. (JH)
 

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