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Swept Away

... By an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August (Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'Agosto)
Italy 1974. Dir: Lina Wertmüller. 116 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! Approach with caution! Class warfare becomes a wild battle of the sexes in Lina Wertmüller’s much-argued-about Swept Away, a sun-soaked, satirical comedy-drama that helped establish the filmmaker as an art-house favourite in 1970s but also ignited a maelstrom of critical outrage. Wertmüller regular Giancarlo Giannini plays Gennarino, a Sicilian Communist working as a lowly deckhand on a luxury yacht-for-hire; Mariangela Melato is Raffaella, the rich snob from the North who taunts and abuses him. When circumstances leave Gennarino and Raffaella marooned on a desert island, their social roles quickly reverse themselves — and just as quickly, the film enters a feminist minefield. Wertmüller’s savage sense of irony was none-too-subtle and none-too-politically-correct for some; Swept Away drew condemnation for its reactionary take on gender relations. The disastrous Guy Ritchie-Madonna remake, from 2002, had Adriano Giannini, Giancarlo’s son, in the male lead opposite Madge.


COARSE LANGUAGE
NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 IS PERMITTED