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Francesca's residence address: 23 Piazza Stefano Jacini, Rome, Italy.
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Catherine Spaak's first leading role. She got her big break when her uncredited brief appearance in Le Trou (The Hole, 1960) caught the eye of a Paris TV reporter. Sophia Loren happened to see the reporter's interview with Catherine on TV. She immediately thought she looked perfect as Francesca in this film which was being cast by her producer-husband Carlo Ponti.
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Catherine Spaak was only 15 at the time of filming.
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The film got into trouble with Italian censorship. A total of 8 scenes and 301.5 meters of film were eliminated before it was allowed to be released to public.
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Director Alberto Lattuada was a friend of Catherine Spaak's father. He tried to cast young Catherine in his movie for years but was refused by her father saying she was too young. He finally gave in when she turned 15 on the condition he would return her in one piece.
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Catherine Spaak's voice was dubbed as she did not speak Italian at the time.
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The film score was composed by Piero Piccioni, one of the future leading Italian film score composers. He was a suspect of the infamous 1953 Wilma Montesi murder case. Montesi was a normal Italian woman from a proper family. Her dead body was found on a beach near Rome. Piccioni was later acquitted. The murder remains unsolved. The investigation exposed the drugs and sex orgies of Roman high society at the time and inspired Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita.
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Restored by The Bologna Film Library and screened in the Restored Prints Section at Cannes Film Festival 2003.
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Catherine Spaak was still a minor at the time and did not receive a penny from this film. All proceeds went to her father Charles Spaak.
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Filming took place during the summer of 1960. Catherine Spaak lived in a house in Piazza Trento, Rome with a nanny paid by the production. She woke up at 5am and went to bed at 10pm during the shoot.
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The new villa that Enrico is building is featured again in La Noia (1963) as Dino's mother's residence (Bette Davis). Catherine Spaak is in this film as well.
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