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Friday, August 11, 2017

Go Naked In The World (1961)

Returning home after a stint in the Army, a young man (Anthony Franciosa) is trying to move out of the shadow of his domineering Greek father (Ernest Borgnine). He falls in love with a beautiful woman (Gina Lollobrigida), who at first discourages his attention. What he doesn't know is that she's one of Manhattan's highest paid call girls! Based on the novel by Tom T. Chamales and directed by Ranald MacDougall, this is essentially an updated version of CAMILLE. While it's quite blunt and frank (for its day) about Lollobrigida's profession, this is still 1961 Hollywood. You can't be a whore and live and although she doesn't die of consumption like Garbo in the 1936 film, she's still punished by death. Funny how a hooker's clients are never punished in these movies. Sexual frankness aside, it doesn't do the movie much good as the dialog is dreadful. Even taking that into account, there's no accounting for Borgnine's awful performance! For fans of Lollobrigida, she looks stunning in her Helen Rose creations and though that's a meager asset, it's something at least. With Luana Patten, Will Kuluva and Nancy R. Pollock.

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