Black SplatSwept Away (1974)

"You are beautiful when I beat you."

Swept Away - Gennarini and Raffaella

Description: Giancarlo Giannini as Gennarini Carunchio, a communist sailor who shares a desert island with a beautiful capitalist socialite named Raffaella (Mariangela Melato) in the Italian motion picture Swept an usual destiny in the blue sea of August (1974).

Raffaella Pavone Lanzetti is a spoiled rich woman who goes cruising in the Mediterranean. At one point, Raffaella orders her First Mate, Gennarini to launch a dinghy so she can find her friends who had left for land earlier, but the outboard motor on the boat fails and after a night of drifting at sea, the two find themselves castaways on a deserted island.

Suddenly their roles are reversed as the snooty, rich girl must depend on her poor deckhand to survive. And, so, he agrees to catch the food, if she washes his underwear.

Despite their opposing political views, and abusive natures, the two manage to get along, and soon they fall in love. But the road to love is fraught with some ugly dialog.

In one scene, Gennarini takes offense to Raffaella saying, "You can’t get blood from a stone." This starts a tit-for-tat cursing match that includes such obscenities as:

"Go fuck yourself! Boor! Ill-mannered slob! That filthy boorish slob of a peasant! Clumsy broad! Filthy pig! Whore! That lousy cockroach! Whore! Tramp! Tart! Pig! You low-class shit! Go straight to hell! Shithead! Fat-ass Capitalist! Trollop! Filthy bitch! Shitty sh…shithead! You stinking…fucking leech! Bloodsucker! Coward! Half-baked-nit-wit! Sub-proleterian! Ethiopian half breed! Up yours! Hooker! Harlot! Whore! That shit thinks he’s Spartacus! Two-bit peasant! Birdbrain! You’re a pig and what’s worse…a Social Democrat!"

In the end, they spot a rescue ship that returns both of them to their former lives. Raffaella to her upper-upper-class lifestyle and Gennarini to his lower-class life as a poor sailor.

Note: In the film The Mad Miss Manton (1938) newspaper editor Peter Ames (Henry Fonda) threatens heiress Melsa Manton (Barbara Stanwyck), saying, "You're a nasty creature, aren't you. But, in time, I'll beat it out of you."

In 2002, Swept Away was remade with Madonna as Amber, a 40-year-old spoiled socialite and Adriano Giannini as Giuseppe the sailor.

Swept Away - Movie Poster

Swept Away - Italian Movie Poster

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