Sunday, May 16, 2010

Google Trends exploded on Saturday as millions of people were searching for the 1968 film ‘The Swimmer,’ which was directed by Frank Perry and starred Burt Lancaster. It was aired on television, making people curious to see what it is about exactly.

It is a surreal, allegorical tale, based on the short story of ‘The Swimmer’ by American author John Cheever, published in 1964. That story takes place in the affluent suburbs of Westchester County, New York, and focuses on Neddy Merrill, who despite being middle-aged, wants to retain his youth and believes that he is a vibrant individual. He marvels at his trail-blazing idea of “swimming the county”.

At the beginning of the story, Neddy is at a cocktail party at the Westerhazys’ and realizes that by following an imaginary chain of private and public pools in his affluent community he can literally swim home. Next we have a succession of similar scenes, as Neddy enters the backyard of his neighbors, sometimes bursting into a party, sometimes engaging in conversation, and most of the time having a drink – but always swimming the length of their pool. Soon it becomes clear to the reader that something has gone awry.

Vidio For the trailer of The Swimmer


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