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The Naked Maja (1958)

Love takes precedence over art and politics as Spanish painter Goya pines for an aloof duchess.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Norman Corwin (screenplay), Giorgio Prosperi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ava Gardner ... Maria Cayetana, Duchess of Alba
Anthony Franciosa ... Francisco Jose de Goya
Amedeo Nazzari ... Prime Minister Manuel Godoy
Gino Cervi ... King Carlos IV of Spain
Lea Padovani ... Queen Maria Luisa
Massimo Serato ... Conte Rodrigo Sanchez
Carlo Rizzo Carlo Rizzo ... Juanito
Audrey McDonald Audrey McDonald ... Anita (as Audrey Macdonald)
Ivana Kislinger Ivana Kislinger ... Pepa
Renzo Cesana Renzo Cesana ... Bayeu
Carlo Giustini ... José
Carmen Mora Carmen Mora ... Prima Ballerina
Patrick Crean Patrick Crean ... Enrique (as Pat Crean)
Peter Meersman Peter Meersman ... Dr. Peral
John Karlsen ... Inquisitor
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Love takes precedence over art and politics as Spanish painter Goya pines for an aloof duchess.

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Now she is yours...the matchless...the shameless beauty who lives forever as The Naked Maja! See more »


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1958 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Die nackte Maja See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Nude Maja was the first in a two painting series, the second of which was The Clothed Maja, respectively. It is said to be the first painting in which female pubic hair is visible, making it totally profane at the time. In 1813, the Spanish Inquisition confiscated both of the paintings as obscene, returning them to the Academy of Fine Arts in 1936, after Goya's death. See more »

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One of Ava's Worst Efforts!
30 April 2004 | by wdbivensSee all my reviews

I'm an avid Ava Gardner fan, but this film ranks near the bottom of her career efforts, with 'The Bible', 'The Blue Bird', etc. 'The Naked Maja' is beautiful enough to look at, but is poorly directed, narrated, and edited. The story of the Duchess of Alba, could have been the basis for a much more interesting film, but this film is a lesson in missed cinematic opportunities. Ava, more commonly called 'the most beautiful animal in the world', possessed a raw, exciting sexuality, that provided the few sparks, in an otherwise lifeless film. I definitely did not consider her the most beautiful women in films, but certainly one of the most sensuous. This was not a major film, and Anthony Franciosa was not a major star; even though I loved his work in 'A Hatful Of Rain'. I wanted to love this film, when it was released, and I was hopelessly smitten with Miss Gardner. Ultimately, I had to admit that it was not as good as some of her other disappointing films, like 'The Sun Also Rises', 'The Little Hut', 'Bhowani Junction', just to name a few. 'Mogambo', 'The Barefoot Contessa', 'Showboat', and 'The Night of the Iguana', were my personal favorite Ava Gardner films. Ava Gardner would rank right behind Hedy Lamarr and Elizabeth Taylor, as the most beautiful women in the world. Costumes for Ava, in 'The Naked Maja', were quite good.


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