The Swimmer

Saturday, August 20 11:30am;
Monday, August 22 7pm;
Thursday, August 25 9pm.

Burt Lancaster embodies such a paragon of mid-century suburban WASP-iness that nothing seems awry when he materializes in a manicured Connecticut backyard wearing only swim trunks and announces a plan to breaststroke all the way home via private pools. It’s a credit to director Frank Perry and screenwriter Eleanor Perry that their adaptation does justice to the darkness and pathos of John Cheever’s classic short story, despite rookie composer Marvin Hamlisch’s melodramatic score. -LG

1968 Frank Perry 1.85:1 Color DCP 95 min.