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Rich, upper-middle-class, Raffaella (Mariangela Melato), a loud-mouthed and opinionated Social Democrat from Milan, and the pampered jet-set clique she hangs out with are on a yachting holiday in the Mediterranean. They are served by a crew of poor working-class, dark skinned southerners, one of whom, Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini), a card carrying communist, cannot abide her whiny bitchiness. As luck would have it, they end up marooned on a deserted island. Torn from their worldly moorings, they undergo a role reversal as the rich, pampered lady has to literally prostrate herself before the menial servant in order to survive. This role reversal is portrayed graphically and very brutally and will certainly have feminists and even many men cringing in disgust, especially in our era of extreme political correctness. She is smacked, beaten, almost raped, made to grovel and finally forced to acknowledge him as her "Master". Incredibly, she slowly falls in love with him. To the point where she no longer wants to be rescued when a passing ship sails within sight of their island "paradise.Read more ›
The plot sounds as formulaic as humanly possible, but wait! This one is different. It's got a style and panache that barely any other films can match. Sure it was controversial (the misogynistic violence is quite disturbing) but Lina Wertmuller offers up a masterpiece that should not be ignored. It's easily her best and most enjoyable movie. Some would argue Seven Beauties is her best, but I respectfully disagree.
To see this one on a large screen would be quite an experience, just looking at it on my regular television made it seem as if I were cruising the Medeteranean right along with them. They just don't make movies like this anymore, and especially not in Hollywood. When recommending foreign films to your friends you cannot go wrong by pushing this video into their hands.
Wertmuller rightly deserves to be considered one of the world's finest directors (a label that often eludes her, as I feel she's somewhat underrated) with this and other fine productions under her belt.
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One of my favorite foreign movies ever. Saw it first in New Orleans back in the 70s at an art house, and always wanted my own copy.Published 13 months ago by Dianne Hebert
WARNING! STAY AWAY from this ARROW UK edition.. the master was made in Nov, 2000! it is dirty, scratched, blurry and has speckles all over! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mark C.
(spoilers)...and I'm not talking about the lame Madonna remake. This film is a must-see for men in general, although women of course would rebel against it! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Get Serious
I own both this one and the Madonna version. I recommend you have both too. This is the best movie possible on relationships---the one you will never forget! Read morePublished 17 months ago by sid manho
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