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The Battle Of The Villa Fiorita

Director Delmer Daves wanted to title this adultery yarn "The Affair of the Villa Fiorita", since the concern was that audiences would assume it was a war movie, rather than a melodrama about how the young children of an adulterous housewife (Maureen O'Hara) surprise her and her Italian composer boyfriend (Rossano Brazzi) at their love nest retreat on the Italian Riviera. But as far as O'Hara was concerned "battle" was the correct word for her ordeal on set. Her co-star Brazzi bored her by boasting about all the women he'd bedded. Worse, one British cameraman, insulted that the Irish-born O'Hara hadn't supported the British team during a charitable soccer match in Italy, got his revenge by lighting her as unflatteringly as possible for the rest of the shoot. The end result was not well-received, either, with one critic comparing it to a "sudsy rehash of The Parent Trap", but it is remarkable as one of the first roles by Olivia Hussey, who would soon find fame in Zefirelli's Romeo And Juliet (1968).

By Violet LeVoit



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