Directed by stuart rosenberg with paul newman joanne woodward anthony franciosa murray hamilton a big city private detective travels to the deep south to help out an old girlfriend who is worried that her husband will find out that she is cheating on him. The drowning pool is a 1975 american thriller film directed by stuart rosenberg and based upon ross macdonalds novel of the same namethe film stars paul newman joanne woodward and anthony franciosa and is a sequel to harperthe setting is shifted from california to louisiana. Perhaps the saddest thing about the drowning pool is that the incompetence cum artiness of stuart rosenberg has subverted the talent of the usually redoubtable gordon willis. The drowning pool makes me wish that we had gotten the other harper film that was cancelled in the late 60s the screenplay was completed for it and a director chosen but it never made it to preproduction for a variety of reasons. But since the drowning pool is a paul newman vehicle it goes first class and that turns out to be fatal so much attention is given to making the movie look good visually that the story gets mislaid and scenes that should create tension are photographed so painstakingly they only record it
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