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WTTW Channel 11 - Movie Eleven - "Swept Away" (Opening, 1980)

Here is the opening for the WTTW Channel 11 - "Movie Eleven" presentation of "Swept Away". This opening features scenes from classic movies (in order): The Blue Angel, Metropolis, The Rocking Horse Winner, Alexander Nevsky, Ugetsu, The Red Shoes, Metropolis, La Strada, [?], Metropolis, Jules et Jim, Beauty and the Beast, Caesar and Cleopatra, and Black Orpheus.

Music used is a classical piece by Wendy Carlos - I think it's the same theme that the Frugal Gourmet used. Anyone know the name of the piece and the composer? Something from Switched On Bach perhaps?

Includes a partial WTTW Station ID slide at the beginning.

Voiceover by Don Ferris.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, May 9th 1980 @ 10:30pm.

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It is from "Switched-On Bach" but I never had the album; I heard it on the radio a long, long time ago and they mentioned the album and track name, but I don't remember it. I remember "Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto" (or "Swept Away... by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August"); it came out around the same time as "Switched-on Bach". The only memorable thing, as I recall, was the title...

Channel 11 had a particularly good collection of movies. So did all the Chicago stations, come to think of it.

Comment posted by ro46214 on Thursday, February 12th 2009 at 8:11am.

I have the RCA SelectaVision CED of this movie but it is dubbed in English and not subtitled. There was a remake of "Swept Away" starring Madonna and Guy Ritchie but failed at the box-office.
Comment posted by betamax75 on Thursday, February 12th 2009 at 11:19am.

Gee, and I had just about forgotten the Madonna version...
Comment posted by ro46214 on Thursday, February 12th 2009 at 4:09pm.

Well, I know for sure one of the clips was from Metropolis but I'm not sure of the others.
Comment posted by smctopia on Thursday, February 12th 2009 at 8:15pm.

The Madonna version I've heard was awful. Never saw it. I was trying to place the movies, but could only pick a few. I think one was Metropolis. I remember when Channel 11 ran movies. I saw Night of the Living Dead (the original) one night sometime in the late 80's-early 90's.
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Friday, February 13th 2009 at 1:52am.

It must have been a very dirty movie for such a strong warning.
Comment posted by visaman on Sunday, February 15th 2009 at 7:38pm.

What's wrong with just saying "viewer discretion is strongly advised?"?
Comment posted by CelesteK on Sunday, May 10th 2009 at 10:25pm.

PBS is always more wordy. ;-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Sunday, May 10th 2009 at 10:39pm.

I recogized clips from The red Shoes and Beauty and the Beast in the opening.
Comment posted by 4thtroika on Sunday, May 17th 2009 at 6:14pm.

Some of the other clips are from A Rocking Horse Winner, Alexander Nevsky, Rashomon, Jules and Jim, La Strada, and Black Orpheus. I grew up as a kid watching foreign films on channel 11 in the 1970's and seeing that clip brings me back lots of warm memories. Also channel 11 did air Wertmuller's Seven Beauties..uncut with the nudity!
Comment posted by moviebuff33 on Monday, June 1st 2009 at 7:02pm.

Cool, thanks Moviebuff33! Ah, the things you can get away with on PBS... ;-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Monday, June 1st 2009 at 9:14pm.

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