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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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