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Released Runtime Category
1974 119 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director Language
Lina Wertmüller Italian
Mariangela Melato, Giancarlo Giannini

Swept Away

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What's it About

Piloting wealthy, entitled Raffaella (Melato) around the islands of the Mediterranean, Sicilian cabin boy Gennarino (Giannini) is appalled by the gorgeous heiress'’s haughty airs, brusque treatment of the crew, and unapologetically capitalist political opinions—; she quickly picks up on the tension and cruelly aggravates it. But when the two class enemies wind up marooned together on a desert island, the tables turn, and their conflict becomes inflamed with passion.

Why we love it

Okay, let's get one thing straight: the 2002 remake of this magnificent film, starring Madonna, was awful. But put that shipwreck out of mind: Wertmüller's provocative original is smarter, more compelling, and ultimately quite devastating, thanks to a force-of-nature performance by the hirsute Giannini, playing a boorish sailor, and Melato's own sexy, brilliant turn as queen bitch of the Mediterranean. As always, Wertmüller explores class politics through a flagrantly funny, sometimes brutal story of desire and submission, with a lost-in-paradise scenario that gets downright prehistoric when Gennarino gains the upper hand. You'll be "Swept Away" by this rousing drama, shot on location on the sunny blue waters of a Mediterranean isle.

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"