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501 Ratings

Swept Away

Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto

Directed by Lina Wertmüller
Italy, 1974
Comedy, Drama, Adventure
  • Italian
  • English


On an elegant yacht cruising off the coast of Sardinia, Raffaella, a rich and stunning capitalist, enjoys tormenting Gennarino, a Communist sailor. Fate weaves a different scenario and roles become reversed when the two find themselves stranded together on a deserted island.

Our take

Infamously remade by Madonna and then-husband Guy Richie, Swept Away is a tenacious fiction of sex and politics. Legitimately hilarious and unapologetically abrasive in its mystifying viewpoints on class warfare and misogyny, this is Lina Wertmüller’s most appealing and entertaining film.

Swept Away Directed by Lina Wertmüller

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1975 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1975 | 2nd place: Best Screenplay

1975 | 2 runner-up prizes including: Best Director

David di Donatello Awards

1975 | Winner: Best Music

Critics reviews

Whether you find SWEPT AWAY funny, erotic, offensive, or some combination thereof says a lot about your own biases, both political and sexual. And that’s what Wertmüller intended the film to do: hold a mirror up to the viewers’ prejudices… How to play the character’s masochism without degrading herself in the process? Wertmüller pours on a lot of directorial style, leaving the actress and the audience to solve the problem on their own.
May 12, 2017
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Swept Away’s action gets progressively thornier (Gennarino’s revenge fantasy goes unchecked, basically), and with it the angle of the film’s attack deepens. What begins as a takedown of materialism evolves into an expose on the horrific means and ends of masculine power, then a broader critique of the perils of having authority in general, then ultimately the deduction that the implicit codes of society itself are the greatest evil.
August 28, 2015
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