Edited by T Rene, 10 January 2015 - 05:23 PM.
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Posted 10 January 2015 - 05:18 PM
Does anyone have any thoughts on the meaning of this shot from Swimming Pool as the camera slowly moves from side to side? It is about 45 minutes into the film. My take on it is the camera movement mimics the movement of a typewriter (the character's creative process, Charlotte Rampling's character is a writer, so as the audience we are involved with watching as her creative inspiration unfolds, in that moment as she writes, which is superb acting, as we watch in this moment as she is creating a story.
As the camera moves to her right, she is grounded in reality, and she can look out the window at the pool -- (reality). As the camera moves to her left, she starts to create the fantasy of Julie at that very moment. (The daughter of the publisher who does not exist, Ludivine Sagnier). The camera movement is sort of dream-like and slightly disorienting--the character is starting to confuse fantasy and reality.
Then the camera tilts down to reveal Julie. (which is contrasting camera movement...vertical & horizontal) She has created this body of Julie. She is walking into the very novel that she is writing, as if she is a participant of the story she is writing, observing Julie for inspiration. She can then affect and interact with Julie, she invites her to dinner and the characters are no longer in conflict. François Ozon states in his interview: "The swimming pool is Julie's realm. It's like a movie-screen against which images are projected and into which a character penetrates. Sarah Morton takes time before entering the pool: she does not do so until Julie has become a source of inspiration — and until the swimming pool is at last clean."
I love this film! Curious to hear what anyone thinks, if my interpretation is off and it probably could be please let me know. Are there any other films that use this camera movement? I could envision an extreme close-up following the keys of a typewriter but I haven't seen anything like this before. I wonder how a script would indicate this movement, I don't have the screenplay. It's not a dolly shot, it's not a pan.