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Swept Away
Swept Away 3 out of 4


Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August was Lina Wertmuller's uneven yet unpredictable and humorous jab at bourgeois complacency. Though not quite as assured as some of Buñuel's later exposés, Swept Away is a tongue-in-cheek celebration of proletariat perseverance. Mariangela Melato stars as Raffaella, a shrill and utterly loathsome upper-class bitch who is "swept away" by Giancarlo Giannini's communist Gennarino. The film's desert island tableaux is the backdrop for rape and heated discussions on politcs and gender equality. Wertmuller's goosey direction compliments the general air of confusion and nervous erotic displacement. The film's political fervor was stripped away for its unofficial remake Six Days Seven Nights, starring Harrison Ford and Anne Heche. Guy Ritchie's more legitimate reworking of Wertmuller's controversial classic is currently in the works, starring Madonna as the irascible female lead.

Director(s): Lina Wertmuller Screenwriter(s): Lina Wertmuller Cast: Mariangela Melato, Giancarlo Giannini, Ricardo Salvino, Isa Danieli, Anna Melita, Lucrezia De Domizio, Giuseppi Durini Distributor: Cinema 5 Distributing Runtime: 116 min Rating: NR Year: 1975

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