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

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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. When it is nearing dark, Raffaella has Gennarino take her out in the dinghy for a swim. The two find themselves stranded after the motor seizes up and a current sends them drifting out to sea. Eventually finding land, they end up on an uninhabited island and their small boat deflates. Removed from the trappings of society, Gennarino and Rafaella engage in a passionate power struggle fueled by sexual tension and basic survival. Their desperation develops into a strange and cruel love affair that determines whether or not they want to be rescued.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Lina Wertmuller's 1974 drama Swept Away is an intensely critical look at politics and human nature. Similar to how the character construction in Amiri Baraka's play The Dutchman portrayed racism in America, this symbolic Italian fable examines the power relationships of class struggle as represented by a man and a woman trapped in a certain space. After a thorough examination of the humiliating tasks performed by the working class, the characters end up in a desperate situation that causes the power to shift from the capitalist to the proletariat. Taking no simple way out, Wertmuller denies the Communist any inherent nobility as he easily becomes corrupted by his power. The dramatic rape scene may be offensive to some, but it works effectively as a symbol of how the poor are treated by the rich. Shot in the sunny Mediterranean sea, Swept Away manages to be thoroughly engaging despite some choppy edits and uneven tone. The excellent leads are convincing enough to create the self-destructive romance at the film's center and surround it with cruelty and harsh realities. Wertmuller takes no sides, showing the brutality of human nature in the political and public sphere as shown through the personal and private. Hollywood remade this material in two paler versions: the frivolous Six Days, Seven Nights (1998) and the box-office flop Swept Away (2002).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • UPC: 741952306399
  • Original Release: 1974
  • Source: Koch Lorber Films
  • Presentation: Remastered / Restored / Copy Protected
  • Language: Italiano
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,921

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Giancarlo Giannini Gennarino
Mariangela Melato Raffaella
Technical Credits
Lina Wertmüller Director, Screenwriter
Giulio Battiferri Cinematographer
Romano Cardarelli Producer
Giuseppe Fornari Cinematographer
Franco Fraticelli Editor
Ennio Guarnieri Cinematographer
Enrico Job Art Director, Costumes/Costume Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Piero Piccione Score Composer
Piero Piccioni Score Composer
Stefano Ricciotti Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Swept Away
1. Opening Credits [2:12]
2. Paradise [5:06]
3. Gennarino [4:34]
4. All Dente [3:16]
5. A Few Rounds [3:37]
6. Dinghy [5:24]
7. Let's Hope So [2:20]
8. Bunglers [6:10]
9. Be Brave [3:29]
10. A Sail [2:08]
11. Land [3:42]
12. Deserted [4:43]
13. A Law [2:34]
14. Not For Sale [2:21]
15. Work Ennobles [:52]
16. The Master's Hand [4:34]
17. Waited On [4:14]
18. Passion on Nothing [3:20]
19. Cruel [8:15]
20. Master [:54]
21. A Gift [3:27]
22. Swept Away [5:01]
23. Vulgarity [2:47]
24. Your Woman [3:29]
25. Proof [2:55]
26. Rescue [3:58]
27. Santa Rosalia [2:44]
28. Betrayed [1:27]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Swept Away
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio
         Italian Mono
         Italian 2.0 Stereo
         Italian 5.1 Surround
      Subtitles
         English Subtitles: On
         English Subtitles: Off
   KOCH Lorber Films Online
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT PLOT

    Movie is subtitled and the language is Italian. The plot is brilliant, but the end has somewhat of twist and a little weak. But Enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Italian Film with Political Undertones

    This is director Lina Wertmuller's second greatest film (the first- Seven Beauties) which also stars Giancarlo Giannini. The setting is a desert island where two stranded people, a wealthy woman and her hired deckhand, spar and exchange wity dialogue. Over time the hired helper reverses roles with the beautiful socialite and becomes the 'master'. However, in an ironic ending, the one in control becomes once again the controlled.

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