SWEPT AWAY BY AN UNUSUAL DESTINY IN THE BLUE SEA OF AUGUST
TRAVOLTI DA UN INSOLITO DESTINO NELL'AZZURRO MARE D'AGOSTO
1974, Kino Lorber, 125 min, Italy, Dir: Lina Wertmüller

Giancarlo Giannini stars as a scruffy ship hand forced to endure the political and social criticism of a beautiful aristocrat (Mariangela Melato). When their yacht is blown off course, fate and the tide sweep the pair to a remote and uninhabited island. It is here that Giannini is finally able to exact brutal revenge on his gorgeous nemesis in the name of the working class. The roles of master and slave are reversed in a sophisticated mixture of visceral cruelty and hilarious battles of will. There are more outrageous insults and obscenities in SWEPT AWAY than in all of Scorsese combined!


MEDEA
1969, Unzéro Films, 110 min, Italy/France/West Germany, Dir: Pier Paolo Pasolini

Two year after OEDIPUS REX, Pasolini returned to ancient Greek mythology, adapting all the famous trappings of Jason, his Argonauts and the golden fleece. In this version, Jason returns to Greece with the sorceress, Medea, unaware that she will not be accepted in his society. Once the king banishes her, her true powers are revealed as she plots her violent revenge. Legendary opera singer Maria Callas plays the titular role in her sole feature performance.


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