7 Beauties The Films of Lina Wertmüller: Swept Away

June 25th, 2017 by PRatt
August 13, 2017 @ 2:30 pm

(1974, Italy) Written and directed by Lina Wertmüller.
Cast: Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato.

Wertmüller’s most successful – and most controversial – film dares to put class and sexual warfare in the same frame. A rich woman (Melato) is used to having the ‘little people’ who work for her know their place. But when she is stranded on a deserted island with a hunky, communist crew member (Giannini), she must give in to his dominance for survival. What is clearly a female fantasy served up for the director’s pleasure still has the power to shock. 116 min.
“Cuts down proletarian chauvinists and the bourgeois princesses alike with ribald humor.” – Charles Bramesco, RogerEbert.com

Lina Wertmüller the first woman to win an Academy Award® Best Director nomination, richly deserves this retrospective of her provocative and trailblazing 50-year career, with two screenings each of six new restorations of her best films, and a new documentary about her life and work.

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