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December 16, 2021


I saw "Swept Away" again for the first time in many years just recently. On the surface it was cringe-inducing by today's standards of decency because of the power dynamics made so explicit in the sexual relationship that develops between the two marooned characters. And yet. . . The film held up for me when I shifted focus to the allegorical dimension, a fairy tale about class distinctions, dominance and subservience, both universally speaking and more specifically in Italian culture. I found it to be at times surprisingly tender, sexual, emotionally disturbing, and piercingly analytical about human relationships. The very ending is sad on several levels. It's a first rate work of art, a movie I can't imagine being made today. Brava, Lina Wermüller!

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
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