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Janne the Director’s Favorite Rare Movies Top 100 List #83: The Swimmer (1968)

March 30, 2011

Janne the Director with a Space Mahoney t-shirt from the movie No Law 400083. The Swimmer [DVD] (1968)

I know what you are thinking: Just when you thought I would only feature filth in this Top 100 I bring this classy film in. That’s only because I don’t live in India and I don’t know the difference between classes.

I can’t help thinking this is like a mix of Falling Down and the concept of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – directed by Kurosawa. To me that sounds like a bad thing (or rather “bland thing”) but The Swimmer really works for me.

Even though it is metaphor heavy like a lying fisherman I just love it. Is he walking through his life from childhood, meeting the love of his life, work and friends or was it America?

I don’t know – both and none work for me.

Golgotha never looked this good.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: #84: Crank: High Voltage (2009)

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