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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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Dino's mother
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Dino
Catherine Spaak ...
Cecilia
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Cecilia's Mother
Lea Padovani ...
Balestrieri's Widow
Daniela Rocca ...
Rita
Georges Wilson ...
Cecilia's Father
Leonida Repaci ...
Balestrieri
Edoardo Nevola ...
Waiter
Daniela Calvino ...
Prostitute
Amos Davoli ...
Barman
Marcella Rovena ...
Tenant
Micaela Dazzi ...
Prostitute
Dany París ...
Nun
Renato Moretti
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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!

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10 March 1964 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Dino's mother's villa was featured previously in I dolci inganni (1960) also starring Catherine Spaak. In that film, Spaak's character loses her virginity to an older man in this villa. 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 »

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Referenced in The Possession of Damiani (2013) See more »

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As a 15 year-old, more provocative than what I see now.
15 July 2004 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

It's unfortunate that movies and television have become so slanted in their attempt to convey. Maybe drugs have dimmed imagination, both for the creator, and for the viewer. As a 15 year-old in 1963, it was easy for me to recognize the gist of The Empty Canvas. It was about sex, especially sexual obsession. Few films have handled this subject so effectively. Eyes wide Shut, a film snubbed by general audiences, shines light on the lower aspects of human sexuality, stunningly. The Empty Canvas is equally striking, without the budget. I strongly recommend this film as a very interesting, well-acted, sober exploration into a very important subject.


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