Most ‘shouts’ for movies – those quotes you see promoting movies have the quoted person saying something like “plumbs the depths of human emotion” or whatever. A 1974 film by left wing Italian feminist Lina Wertmulla, had this ‘shout’ on the Walhalla poster that hung in our living room when I was a student. “Don’t tell me I can’t make films about sex and violence you arsehole”. Well it certainly got my attention. And it was one of the most confronting movies I ever saw. It’s title is “Swept Away… By an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August” usually abbreviated to “Swept Away” and reprised by Madonna a few years ago in a disastrous remake. Having wanted to watch it again for a long time, and having not found it in video stores, I discovered the original, complete in 12 parts on YouTube. Part 1, which leads you to part 2 and so on, is here. Amusingly the number of times each video’s been watched falls from 13,962 to 2,843 for Part 12 – the last installment.
You can even watch the whole thing in somewhat better shape dubbed into English here, but I suspect the Italian version I watched last night is better to watch.
Anyway, it would be fair to say that opinions differ about the merit of the film! You’ll understand why if you watch it.