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Blu-ray Review - The Swimmer

SWIMMER Burt Lancaster Janet Landgard

1968's "The Swimmer" is a dream and a nightmare rolled into a deceptively simple mission of memory evasion. It's a strange picture, but engrossingly so, taking the viewer on a journey of self-delusion and nostalgia that gradually exposes a richly tortured main character as he attempts to immerse himself in a life that's no longer available to him. Strikingly made and outstandingly performed by Burt Lancaster, "The Swimmer" (directed by Frank Perry and scripted by Eleanor Perry) deftly combines disturbing realities with the romance of fantasy, constructing a riveting psychological portrait of a man set loose in his own playground of emotional fragmentation. Beautifully shot and executed, the effort is generous with disturbing, puzzling behavior, yet wise enough to provide clear clues to aid interpretation. Read the rest at Blu-ray.com


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