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The Naked Maja (1958)

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

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Henry Koster

Writers:

Norman Corwin (screenplay), Giorgio Prosperi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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 ... 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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Ava Gardner said in her biography that Tony Franciosa was a very dedicated actor devoted to the method. Before a scene begins, he was standing in a corner of the set, and seemed to choke and nearly vomited to help him to be in his character. See more »

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Featured in Kolossal - i magnifici Macisti (1977) See more »

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Romantic trash
13 January 2009 | by WylieJJordanSee all my reviews

"The Naked Maja" has beautiful sets and costumes, but only a passing acquaintance with reality. About the best that can be said is that it features some impressive views of Miss Gardner's lovely bosom.

Diego Velázques (1599-1660) painted one of the earliest known Spanish nudes, the Rokeby Venus, featured as the "loot" in the film "The Happy Thieves."

About two centuries after Velázques, Francisco Goya 1746-1828) painted a short, plump nude maja (street girl) reclining on a bed. When this picture was criticized as obscene, he painted the same girl again, in the same position but dressed, which makes her more, rather than less suggestive. The chunky girl in the "maja" paintings does not resemble Goya's portraits of the Duchess of Alba in any way.

When I was last in the Prado the two majas were hanging on either side of the door to the room housing the portrait of King Carlos IV and family – and the queen was definitely not the lovely young woman who played the part in "The Naked Maja."

Goya also painted two portraits of his very close friend, the tall, angular Duchess of Alba, in one she is dressed in white and in the other, in black. The 'black portrait' shows the duchess pointing imperiously at the ground where the words "solo Goya" ("only Goya") can be seen written in the sand at her feet.

Milos Forman's "Goya's Ghosts" (2006) is a far better film and much closer to historical fact. Goya's passing affair with the Duchess of Alba, who was certainly not the girl in the Maja paintings, does not figure in the latter film.


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20 December 1958 (Italy) See more »

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Die nackte Maja See more »

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2.35 : 1
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