THE SWIMMER
1968, Sony Repertory, 94 min, Dir: Frank Perry

One of the most unjustly neglected figures of the New Hollywood generation, director Frank Perry made 10 low-key, razor-sharp dissections of modern morals and relationships between 1962 and 1975. Based on John Cheever’s acclaimed novel, THE SWIMMER follows vigorous, middle-aged, upper-middle-class Burt Lancaster on a metaphoric journey swimming from backyard pool to backyard pool in his lush, upscale suburban neighborhood, headed toward a "home" that may no longer exist. A nostalgic portrait of regret and despair lying beneath the gemlike surface of suburbia - here represented by the sprawling, outlying suburbs of Connecticut - featuring one of Lancaster’s finest performances. [35mm]