Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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

A malicious, selfish upper-class woman (Mariangela Melato) mistreats and verbally abuses the unrefined, lower born deckhand (Giancarlo Giannini)aboard her husband’s sailboat during a Mediterranean voyage and finds the tables being turned when the two are stranded on a deserted island and she must rely on, and is even drawn to, his self-reliance and macho dominance. Lina Wertmuller’s Swept Away is an obvious but nevertheless intriguing class warfare/battle of the sexes allegory which boasts great direction, beautiful locations, and excellent central performances.

*** ½ out of ****