Pools is a pictorially and technically impressive sampling of spectacular swimming pools at W. R. Hearst’s San Simeon and manages to validate itself from within, or at least within its own frame of identification.
— Richard T. Jameson
Barbara Hammer was an American feminist film director, producer, writer, and cinematographer. She is known for being one of the pioneers of the lesbian film genre, and her career spanned over 50 years. Hammer is known for having created experimental films dealing with women’s issues such as gender roles, lesbian relationships, coping with aging, and family life. She resided in New York City and Kerhonkson, New York, and taught each summer at the European Graduate School.