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The Empty Canvas (1963)

La noia (original title)
The son of a dead Italian nobleman and a wealthy American woman forgets the disappointment of finding he has no talent for being a painter by succumbing to the sexual advances of an amoral model who believes in indiscriminate love affairs.

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Damiano Damiani
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bette Davis ... Dino's mother
Horst Buchholz ... Dino
Catherine Spaak ... Cecilia
Isa Miranda ... Cecilia's Mother
Lea Padovani ... Balestrieri's Widow
Leonida Repaci Leonida Repaci ... Balestrieri
Luigi Giuliani ... Luciani
Daniela Calvino Daniela Calvino ... Prostitute
Marcella Rovena Marcella Rovena ... Tenant
Jole Mauro Jole Mauro ... Cashier
Amos Davoli Amos Davoli ... Barman
Dany París Dany París ... Nun
Georges Wilson ... Cecilia's Father
Daniela Rocca ... Rita
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Storyline

The son of a wealthy American woman and a deceased Italian nobleman, Dino, dabbles away at painting. Thinking he has found the image for his "empty canvas", he takes up with man-crazy nymphet Cecilia, who refuses to marry him--even after he covers her nude body with 10,000-lire banknotes. She does agree to become his mistress--until a more interesting man comes along. Dino has a breakdown and is guided back to health by his mother. He tells her at fadeout that now he has suffered, and he thinks he might be able to fill that empty canvas. Written by alfiehitchie

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Not with love - Not with money - They cannot satisfy themselves or each other! See more »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

10 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Empty Canvas See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Catherine Spaak revealed in a 2015 TV interview she was wearing a bikini underneath and not totally naked as most thought in the famous "lire notes" scene. The lire notes were literally glued to her body so they stayed in place during the shoot. See more »

Goofs

Cecilia is wearing a black button up blouse and a pencil skirt with a belt in the Dino's studio love making scene. It only takes her 3 seconds to go fully topless in the next close up shot. See more »

Connections

Version of L'ennui (1998) See more »

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Wonderful Catherine Spaak
12 December 2002 | by debblystSee all my reviews

Saw this a long time ago. Few memories left. Scenery-chewing Bette Davis, young handsome Buchholz, good b&w photography, waste of Moravia's novel. All the memories go back to 18-year-old Catherine Spaak, in the summit of her beauty, youth, freshness, sexiness. Spaak was probably the sexiest teenage star in movies ever (arguably tied with Nastassja Kinski). AND there's the scene in the bed, when Buchholz "buys" her covering her with money bills. Go see.


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