This month we pay tribute to the long history of great swimming pools scenes in film. We take a look at five scenes in which, one way or another, the pool plays a leading role. Have we left out your favourite? Leave your suggestions in the comments!
The Graduate, 1967
Directed by Mike Nichols, this film tells the story of Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), a recent twentysomething graduate who is seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), a friend of his parents. With a soundtrack by Simon & Garfunkel in the background, the scene of Hoffman leisurely floating on a raft in the pool is a cinematic icon.
Six actors have played James Bond on the big screen since 1962. On his countless missions in the service of Her Majesty, 007 has driven the fastest cars, used the most cutting-edge gadgets and visited the most exotic and exclusive corners of the planet (and space). In Skyfall, the latest Bond film, Daniel Craig plunges into the spectacular pool at the Four Seasons at Canary Wharf, London.
It’s a wonderful life, 1946
In this holiday classic, James Stewart and Donna Reed star in what is undoubtedly one of the most popular pool parties in the history of cinema. The film, directed by Frank Capra, is based on a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern. The pool used in the following scene is from a school gym in Beverly Hills that is still open today.
Wild things, 1998
In 1998, the passionate swimming pool scene between Neve Campbell and Denise Richards turned up the heat in theatres. John McNaughton was the director of this erotic thriller, which also starred Kevin Bacon and Matt Dillon. The success of the film spawned two sequels which never made it to the big screen.
The Great Gatsby, 1925 / 2013
Those who have read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic (or who have seen some the book’s film adaptations) will know that the pool is the setting of some of the most emblematic moments in the life of mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby. The following scenes, from both the 1925 and 2013 version of the film, perfectly capture the bohemian elitism of the roaring twenties.