In the 1970s, director Lina Wertmüller and actor Giancarlo Giannini comprised a cinematic partnership that became Europe’s answer to Scorsese and DeNiro. During that decade, the pair created three bonafide international hits: The Seduction of Mimi (1972), Seven Beauties (1975) and the politically charged romantic comedy Swept Away, which opened in Italy 40 years ago today. Swept Away tells the story of an unlikely romance between a wealthy woman named Raffaella (Mariangela Melato) and Giannini’s communist sailor named Gennarino. When Melato rents a yacht piloted by Giannini for a leisurely Mediterranean cruise, the pair’s political differences spark an immediate hatred. While Giannini voices his full throated disgust for Melato and her pampered, prissy diva fits, Melato considers Giannini an ignorant peasant. But after an accident maroons them on a deserted island, the duo find they must work together to survive. Melato grows to respect Giannini’s rough hewn street smarts and, eventually, something like love begins to bloom.
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