LUCIANA "DANA" PAOLI
SADISTIK's Dark Angel
The Abruzzi, Italy native's first film, 1954's The Queen of Babylon, starred Rhonda Fleming and Ricardo Montalban. Next year she appeared in another historical drama, Beautiful But Dangerous with Gina Lollobrigida and Vittorio Gassman, and future horror film master Mario Bava (and Danger: Diabolik director) served as cinematographer. Luciana was in the 1965 sword and sandal film known under different titles including Maciste, Avenger of the Mayans, which was cobbled together from a few films. She shot her most well known film that year, Casanova 70 with Marcello Mastroianni, which also featured Danger: Diabolik's co-star Marisa Mell. An alluring pin-up photography shoot to promote the film appears in the SADISTIK DOUBLE FEATURE THRILLER.
Luciana Paoli was the subject of numerous photo shoots... mostly cheesecake and pin-ups. Many pictures made it into American magazines as well. Pictured above are a series of Paoli pin-ups from the February 1960 issue of Male magazine. The title was published by the sister company of Marvel Comics and the editor was Bruce Jay Friedman, later a well-known writer and father of cartoonist Drew Friedman. The magazine mostly published pulpy and sexy adventure stories with exciting illustrations by top-notch artists. Along with gags and cartoons, pin ups were a regular feature and Volume 10, Number 2 features an spread on the future Dana. Here’s the brief text accompanying the photos:
Everyone in Rome knows what 20-year-old Luciana Paoli does--- stops traffic, causes riots, competes with the Coliseum as Rome’s chief tourist attraction--- but no one has the faintest idea what the father of this new starlet does. MALE knows. It’s been Luciana’s best kept secret. Daddy’s a construction engineer.
“Most of us with the large figure say it prevents people from taking us seriously as actresses. This is not so. My large figure won’t stop me from becoming an actress.”
The August 1961 edition of Frolic has her cover-featured as "The Gal Who Made The Roman Romeo's Rave." It boasts she has a breast measurement of 42" and includes a pictorial. Four pages of Luciana photos were also printed in the fourth issue of The Vagabond in 1961. More on her, stateside, is unknown. With the continued success of SADISTIK perhaps there will be a renewed interest in this Junoesque beauty that left such a mark in the genre of the dark photo books.
POW-POW-PAOLI! Three faces of Luciana: (L) A pin up from Gaze, an American magazine from Humorama, February, 1961. (Center) Luciana graces the cover of the Italian "New High Tension Special Collection" from February 1965. (R) A frame capture from Luciana's classic spy spoof Sette donne d'oro contro due 07 (1966) around the time she started her role as Dana.
LUCIANA PAOLI FILMOGRAPHY
- Be Sick... It's Free (1968)
... aka "Il medico della mutua" - Italy (original title)
- A suon di lupara (1968) .... Rosalia
- Lotosblüten für Miss Quon (1967) .... Anita
... aka "A Lotus for Miss Quon" - USA (TV title)
- 7 Golden Women Against Two 07 (1966) .... Miranda
... aka "Sette donne d'oro contro due 07" - Italy (original title)
- Casanova 70 (1965) .... La moglie del droghiere
... aka "Casanova '70" - Italy (original title)
- Maciste il vendicatore dei Mayas (1965)
- The Reluctant Spy (1963)
... aka "L'honorable Stanislas, agent secret" - France (original title)
- The Black Archer (1959)
... aka "L'arciere nero" - Italy (original title)
- Gente felice (1957)
- Retaggio di sangue (1956) .... Marina
- Beautiful But Dangerous (1955) (uncredited)
... aka "La donna più bella del mondo" - Italy (original title)
... aka "The World's Most Beautiful Woman" - International (English title) (literal title)
- The Queen of Babylon (1954)
... aka "La cortigiana di Babilonia" - Italy (original title)
The Diabolikal Super-Kriminal (2007) .... Dana
Some of the films of Luciana Paoli: On the left, photos and poster from Casanova '70, starring Marcelo Mastroianni. (More pin ups from the film appear in the SADISTIK Double Feature Thriller, now on sale!) On the right, posters of her other films.