About Swept Away/Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean, Swept Away is Lina Wertmüller’s most famous and controversial film about sex, love, and politics. On an elegant yacht cruising off the coast of Sardinia, Raffaella (Mariangela Melato), a rich and stunning capitalist, enjoys tormenting Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini), a Communist sailor. Fate weaves a different scenario and roles become reversed when the two find themselves stranded together on a deserted island. Raffaella must submit to Gennarino in order to survive, which culminates in a dramatic climax when they are rescued and must determine if their love can survive the harsh realities of civilization. [115 min; adventure, comedy, drama; Italian with English subtitles]

"A rare motion picture experience." — Jacoba Atlas, Los Angeles Free Press

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5X: Lina Wertmüller is generously supported by the Department of French and Italian's Peter and Julia Conaway Bondanella Fund and the Institute for European Studies.

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