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Swept Away or, to give it its full title, Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August, was the film that made Lina Wertmüller s reputation. Bored, rich socialite Raffaella (Mariangela Melato) rents a yacht crewed by Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini). They couldn t be more different, not least politically: she s an extreme right-winger while he s an out-and-out Communist. Accordingly, they make little attempt at hiding their mutual loathing, but she s firmly in charge... until an ill-timed engine failure leaves the two up shipwrecked on a desert island. Whereupon the tables are dramatically turned: her wealth is useless, his practical survival skills essential and he s the bigger and stronger of the two. The resulting sadomasochistic relationship had feminists up in arms, not least because the film was directed by a woman, but Wertmüller didn t get her reputation as one of 1970s European cinema s most confrontational directors for nothing.