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.
Not with love - Not with money - They cannot satisfy themselves or each other!
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Did You Know?
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
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
Version of L'ennui