SWIMMING POOL
2003, Focus Features, 102 min, France/UK, Dir: François Ozon

A British mystery author, a summer house in the South of France and a poolside escapade gone awry are the basic ingredients of this Hitchcockian thriller starring Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier. The Palme d’Or competitor has no shortage of Ozon twists and turns as it depicts the commission of a single mistake and the efforts of two women to contain that mistake.


THE NIGHT PORTER
IL PORTIERE DI NOTTE
1974, 118 min, Italy, Dir: Liliana Cavani

This controversial and unsettling cult classic filters the long shadow that WWII cast across Europe through an obsessive affair defined by guilt, desire and domination. In 1957, concentration camp survivor Lucia Atherton (Charlotte Rampling) discovers ex-Nazi SS officer Maximilian Aldorfer (Dirk Bogarde) working as a night porter at a Vienna hotel. The two shared a secret relationship during the war, and soon resume their sadomasochistic trysts – but with war crimes trials looming, Max’s former Nazi comrades see Lucia as a threat. Bogarde and Rampling are both superb in demanding roles, and the beautiful cinematography and score give this twisted tale a powerful counterpoint.


ZARDOZ
1974, 20th Century Fox, 105 min, UK, Dir: John Boorman

The title of this cult sci-fi favorite derives from THE WIZARD OF OZ, and from the sight of Sean Connery’s red-suspendered Speedo costume, it’s clear that we’re not in Kansas anymore. In one of his first post-Bond films, Connery plays Zed, an Exterminator who helps keep the race of Brutals in line for their rulers, the Eternals, in a post apocalyptic Earth society. With Charlotte Rampling.


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