Cinema: Island Idyl

SWEPT AWAY BY AN UNUSUAL DESTINY IN THE BLUE SEA OF AUGUST

Directed and Written by UNA WERTMULLER

A man and a woman are alone on one of those small volcanic islands in the middle of the Mediterranean. Raffaella (Mariangela Melato) is brash, overbearing, given to pronouncements like "To save Italy, all Italians should be put on a reservation." One of her yachting friends describes her offhandedly as "the biggest ball-breaker at sea." She is a source of sour fury to Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini), a committed member of the Communist Party who is working as a deck hand on a chartered yacht that...

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