Why, Burt Lancaster, of course!
The 1968 film The Swimmer was based on a short story of the same name by John Cheever, and filmed largely in Westport, CT! Though its initial reception was lukewarm, it has achieved a cult status. Critic Vincent Canby praised it for its “grim, disturbing and sometimes funny view of a very small, very special segment of upper-middle-class American life.”
Fun fact: though the main character spends a lot of time in a lot of pools, Burt Lancaster was actually afraid of water!
Not only was The Swimmer filmed here in Connecticut, its theme fits in perfectly with our latest exhibit, Patios, Pools & the Invention of the American Backyard. If you’d like to learn more about the film and the short story that inspired it, attend one of our upcoming book club meetings! On January 10, we invite parents and children to come to the Busy Parent’s Short Story Club. Enjoy coffee and conversation while CHS staff lead your kids in a craft and story of their own. Or, come to the January 26 meeting of the adults-only Short Attention Span Literary Club.