Swept Away... By an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August ()

directed by Lina Wertmüller
featuring Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Riccardo Salvino, Isa Danieli, Aldo Puglisi

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The Mediterranean sea is the backdrop for this social drama from director Lina Wertmuller. While vacationing on a yacht, the wealthy capitalist Raffaella (Mariangela Melato) shouts out orders in between spouting off political opinions amongst her friends. She is especially confrontational to the deck hand and servant Gennarino (frequent Wertmuller leading man Giancarlo Giannini), by demanding that he appear more presentable. Gennarino grows increasingly frustrated by her demands and develops contempt for her independence. ...

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AirJohn

Feb 1, 2010

Intensely erotic and humorous

Renown director Lina Wertmuller created a sensation with her erotic fable dealing with sex and social standing in the mid 70's with this cinematic masterpiece. Although stars Giannini and Melato had both been featured in an earlier Wertmuller work, The Seduction of Mimi, the characters created in Swept Away are a display of virtuoso performances which garnered awards from film societies around the globe. Controversial, clever, and socially conscious, Swept Away is a film which can be enjoyed and discussed over and over again.

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