The Empty Canvas

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This article is about the 1963 film. The Empty Canvas_sentence_0

For empty canvases, see Emptiness (disambiguation). The Empty Canvas_sentence_1

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The Empty CanvasThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_0_0
Directed byThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_1_0 Damiano DamianiThe Empty Canvas_cell_0_1_1
Produced byThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_2_0 Carlo PontiThe Empty Canvas_cell_0_2_1
Screenplay byThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_3_0 Damiano Damiani
Tonino Guerra 

Ugo LiberatoreThe Empty Canvas_cell_0_3_1

Based onThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_4_0 La Noia by Alberto MoraviaThe Empty Canvas_cell_0_4_1
StarringThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_5_0 Bette Davis
Horst Buchholz
Catherine SpaakThe Empty Canvas_cell_0_5_1
Music byThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_6_0 Luis BacalovThe Empty Canvas_cell_0_6_1
CinematographyThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_7_0 Roberto GerardiThe Empty Canvas_cell_0_7_1
Edited byThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_8_0 Renzo LucidiThe Empty Canvas_cell_0_8_1

companyThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_9_0

Compagnia Cinematografica Champion

Les Films ConcordiaThe Empty Canvas_cell_0_9_1

Distributed byThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_10_0 Embassy PicturesThe Empty Canvas_cell_0_10_1
Release dateThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_11_0 4 December 1963The Empty Canvas_cell_0_11_1
Running timeThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_12_0 105 minutesThe Empty Canvas_cell_0_12_1
CountryThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_13_0 ItalyThe Empty Canvas_cell_0_13_1
LanguageThe Empty Canvas_header_cell_0_14_0 Italian
 EnglishThe Empty Canvas_cell_0_14_1

The Empty Canvas is a 1963 Italian drama film directed by Damiano Damiani. The Empty Canvas_sentence_2

The screenplay by Damiani, Tonino Guerra, and Ugo Liberatore is based on the best-selling novel La Noia by Alberto Moravia. The Empty Canvas_sentence_3

The film stars Horst Buchholz, Catherine Spaak, Isa Miranda and Bette Davis. The Empty Canvas_sentence_4

Synopsis The Empty Canvas_section_0

Mediocre artist Dino is obsessed with young model Cecilia and distraught that she shares her sexual favors not only with him, but with actor Luciani as well. The Empty Canvas_sentence_5

In an effort to derail her plan to vacation in Capri with his rival, Dino proposes marriage, and when she rejects his offer, he invites Cecilia to join him at the Rome estate of his domineering mother, a wealthy American, in the hope that he can seduce her with his glamorous lifestyle. The Empty Canvas_sentence_6

Despairing that he will never have a monogamous relationship with her, he crashes his sportscar into a wall. The Empty Canvas_sentence_7

While recovering in the hospital, he realizes his feelings will never be reciprocated. The Empty Canvas_sentence_8

When Cecilia returns from her trip assuming their liaison will continue, Dino announces that the affair is over. The Empty Canvas_sentence_9

Principal cast The Empty Canvas_section_1

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Principal production credits The Empty Canvas_section_2

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Production notes The Empty Canvas_section_3

The film was released in Italy as La noia (Boredom) and in France as L'ennui et sa diversion, l'érotisme (Boredom and Its Diversion, Eroticism). The Empty Canvas_sentence_10

A dubbed English language version of the film was released in the United States by Embassy Pictures in 1964. The Empty Canvas_sentence_11

Critical reception The Empty Canvas_section_4

In his review in the New York Times, Howard Thompson observed, "under Damiano Damiani's studied direction, the incidents move in stilted, crabwise fashion... Miss Davis... is truly a sight, looking like a Pekingese under a blonde bob and growling an atrocious Southern accent... At times, especially under-scored by Miss Davis's withering expression and lava lingo, the picture's overripe sexuality is downright funny." The Empty Canvas_sentence_12

Time magazine said it "is one of those "international" movie projects that appears to have been dreamed up by its principals... in a spirit of reckless unity... The Empty Canvas_sentence_13

It is chiefly notable for the fun of watching Davis breast the New Wave plot with bitchy authority... The Empty Canvas_sentence_14

Stretched too far to be believable, Canvas is the kind of overdrawn foolishness that frequently proves diverting." The Empty Canvas_sentence_15

See also The Empty Canvas_section_5

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  • L'Ennui (1998)The Empty Canvas_item_2_11

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Empty Canvas.