The Naked Maja

The Naked Maja is a 1958 Italian-French-American co-production made by S.G.C., Titanus Films, and United Artists.[2][3] This historical film recounting of the romance between the painter Francisco Goya and the Duchess of Alba was directed by Henry Koster, and produced by Silvio Clementelli and Goffredo Lombardo. The screenplay was by Norman Corwin, Giorgio Prosperi and Albert Lewin based on a story by Oscar Saul and Talbot Jennings. The music score was by Angelo Lavagnino and the cinematography by Giuseppe Rotunno.

For the painting by Francisco de Goya whose title is often translated as "The Naked Maja", see La maja desnuda.
The Naked Maja
Theatrical Film Poster
Directed byHenry Koster
Produced bySilvio Clementelli
Goffredo Lombardo
Written byNorman Corwin
Giorgio Prosperi
Albert Lewin
Oscar Saul (story)
Talbot Jennings (story)
StarringAva Gardner
Anthony Franciosa
Amedeo Nazzari
Gino Cervi
Lea Padovani
Massimo Serato
Music byAngelo Lavagnino
CinematographyGiuseppe Rotunno
Edited byMario Serandrei
Distributed byUnited Artists
MGM (foreign)
Release date
  • December 20, 1958 (1958-12-20) (Italy)
  • June 10, 1959 (1959-06-10) (U.S.)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1 million (outside US/Canada)[1]

The film stars Ava Gardner and Anthony Franciosa with Amedeo Nazzari, Gino Cervi, Lea Padovani, Massimo Serato, and a largely Italian cast. It is based on a novel by Noel Gerson.


Partial list of actors:

Box office

According to MGM records the film earned $1 million at the box office outside the US and Canada resulting in a loss to the studio of $513,000.[1]

See also


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. "The Naked Maja". FilmAffinity.
  3. "The Naked Maja". AFI. Retrieved 28 December 2015.

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