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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
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Cecilia
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Cecilia's Mother
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Balestrieri's Widow
Leonida Repaci ...
Balestrieri
Luigi Giuliani ...
Luciani
Daniela Calvino ...
Prostitute
Marcella Rovena ...
Tenant
Jole Mauro ...
Cashier
Amos Davoli ...
Barman
Dany París ...
Nun
Georges Wilson ...
Cecilia's Father
Daniela Rocca ...
Rita
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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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10 March 1964 (USA)  »

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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 »

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A set of studio lights is visible outside Dino's studio window in the ending scene. 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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