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Go Naked in the World(1961)

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Go Naked in the World (1961)

In 1960, Gina Lollobrigida didn't get the role in La Dolce Vita (1960) that eventually went to Anouk Aimee because her husband turned it down without asking her, and she refused a chance to replace the hospitalized Elizabeth Taylor on the money-hemmorhaging set of Cleopatra (1963) because she didn't want to work under then-director Rouben Mamoulian. But even if her instinct for choosing good projects was less than clairvoyant, Lollobrigida still gave her all to this picture, a bittersweet melodrama about a privileged son (Anthony Franciosa) and his sincere yet doomed love affair with a high-class call girl (Lollobrigida). Even though Lollobrigida usually didn't like playing prostitutes, something about the role was meaty enough to intrigue her. Unfortunately, no amount of professionalism could stave off a Screen Actor's Guild strike that interrupted the shoot, nor could it help her learn her English language lines faster, causing no small alarm when her director Ranald MacDougall regularly noticed a "blank stare sort of thing" coming from his star. Undeterred, Lollobrigida moved on to the more well-recieved Come September (1961) opposite Rock Hudson.

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