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Italian Film Star Mariangela Melato Dies


Mariangela Melato

Italian actress Mariangela Melato has died at the age of 71.

The Flash Gordon star passed away in hospital in Rome on Friday (11Jan13) following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Starting out her career on stage in Milan, she went on to strike up a successful collaboration with Casino Royale star Giancarlo Giannini and director Lina Wertmuller, who cast the pair in his critically-acclaimed films The Seduction of Mimi and Love and Anarchy.

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The Seduction Of Mimi Review


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This early Wertmüller work isn't among her best, and it's stuffed full of characters and scenes that would be written off as broad cliche today (complete with a raving mad Giancarlo Giannini, his hair flying wildly in every scene). But it's worth watching if for no other reason than to witness its eye-popping and horrifying final love scene, with Giannini "seducing" a very large housewife, in all her glory. It's hysterical and sad at the same time.

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Swept Away (1974) Review


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Fully titled Swept Away... by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August, the classic Swept Away has the rich and blonde Raffaella (Mariangela Melato) and the poor and scraggly Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini) washed ashore -- swept away, if you will -- on a deserted island in the Mediterranean Sea.

It's Gilligan's Island, writ small. Seriously, it is! The movie boils down to petty squabblings between the two Italians. When they're on the yacht, with Raffaella's friends and Gennarino's crewmates, she treats Gennarino like dirt, complaining about overdone pasta and all but making the man wash her underwear.

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