The Empty Canvas (1964)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 118 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Kristie Hassen

Horst Bucholz plays Dino, a painter who realizes he has no artistic vision and decides to move back into his wealthy mother's (Betty Davis) home. Just before he does this, however, he falls in love with beautiful and self-serving Cecilia (Catherine Spaak). Though Dino diligently attempts to convince her to marry him, she refuses, but offers to be his lover until someone better strikes her fancy. When that becomes an actuality, Dino does not fare well under the emotional trauma and has a nervous breakdown. With the help of his mother, Dino recovers to find he may not be completely devoid of talent after all. Based on La Noia, an Italian novel by Alberto Moravia.



artist, creativity, emotional-problems, extramarital-affair, family, heartbreak, jealousy, love, mental-illness, modeling, mother, proposal [romantic], unrequited, wealth