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
Alberto Moravia, Author of "Two Women" Now Tells a Story of an Obsessive Love!
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Did You Know?
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
A set of studio lights is visible outside Dino's studio window in the ending scene. See more
Referenced in The Possession of Damiani