The original "bathing beauty," of course, was 1940s aquatic film siren Esther Williams. The interview includes a visit to the film set pool where all the magic happened, including a routine with cartoon characters (Tom & Jerry) and a dive off of an 80' platform that emerged from the water disguised as a fountain.
Williams' movies helped spark interest in synchronized swimming, a sport that for most fades from memory between Olympics. It is hard to get into a sport where all you see are legs quickly thrust into the air and a lot of splashing.The artistry is underwater so that's where the cameras should be, too.
• Les Films Engloutus | website
• Why can't men be Olympic synchronised swimmers? | BBC
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