Nina has just started working as a chambermaid in Rome's Imperial Hotel, a once grand but now slightly run down establishment. She works alongside her cousin Valentina, who encouraged her to do this work to expose her to a better life. One of the people whose room Nina attends is seventy-two year old Contessa Lucretia Sanziani, a longtime resident who has been estranged from her husband, Count Carlos Sanziani, for forty years. However, her stay at the hotel is threatened when her money stars to run out and the Count informs the hotel that he wants nothing to do with her, even if something serious happens to her. The Countess was once considered the "love goddess" of Europe, she who still lives in the fantasy of that life and her memories. In Nina, the Contessa sees a younger version of herself, and encourages her to be herself and that people will notice. The Contessa also takes her under her wing in providing a more polished version of herself to the world. During this process, the ...
Some women are born to have a glorious affair with life.
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Producer Samuel Z. Arkoff hoped the film, which had been rejected by every studio over concerns with Vincente Minnelli's age and health, would raise the profile of AIP, known primarily for cheap biker, bikini and horror movies. See more
Do It Again
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin
and Buddy G. DeSylva
(as B.G. DeSilva)
Performed by Liza Minnelli
(uncredited) See more