The Barefoot Contessa

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A high point in the already success-laden career of writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (A Letter to Three Wives, All About Eve), and one of the most glamorous and extravagant films from Hollywood’s Golden Age, The Barefoot Contessa is a tragic drama... read more
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A high point in the already success-laden career of writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (A Letter to Three Wives, All About Eve), and one of the most glamorous and extravagant films from Hollywood’s Golden Age, The Barefoot Contessa is a tragic drama about the tumultuous rise and fall of fictional Hollywood actress Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner).Humphrey Bogart plays down on his luck writer and director Harry Dawes, reduced to working for an egotistical and abusive producer, Kirk Edwards (Warren Stevens).  Whilst scouting for the female lead in his new movie, Dawes meets the beautiful and charismatic Maria Vargas, a barefooted flamenco dancer, in a Madrid night club and convinces her to star in his movie. Maria is an overnight sensation, but cannot find satisfaction in the shallow world of Hollywood, and the men in her life who treat her as nothing more than a commodity.Also featuring Edmund O’Brien in an Oscar winning role as a duplicitous publicist, and featuring cinematography from the legendary Jack Cardiff, The Barefoot Contessa was a massive success upon release, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film in a special Dual Format edition, that includes the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

Original Release

09/29/1954

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Cast

Humphrey Bogart Harry Dawes
Ava Gardner Maria Vargas
Edmond O'Brien Oscar Muldoon
Marius Goring Alberto Bravano
Valentina Cortese Eleanora Torlato-Favrini (as Valentina Cortesa)
Rossano Brazzi Count Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini
Elizabeth Sellars Jerry
Warren Stevens Kirk Edwards
Franco Interlenghi Pedro Vargas
Mari Aldon Myrna
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Writers

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Cast

Humphrey Bogart Harry Dawes
Ava Gardner Maria Vargas
Edmond O'Brien Oscar Muldoon
Marius Goring Alberto Bravano
Valentina Cortese Eleanora Torlato-Favrini (as Valentina Cortesa)
Rossano Brazzi Count Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini
Elizabeth Sellars Jerry
Warren Stevens Kirk Edwards
Franco Interlenghi Pedro Vargas
Mari Aldon Myrna
Alberto Rabagliati Proprietor
Enzo Staiola Busboy
Maria Zanoli Maria's Mother
Renato Chiantoni Maria's Father
Bill Fraser J. Montague Brown
Bessie Love Mrs. Eubanks
Bianca Maria Fusari
Tonio Selwart Pretender
John Parrish Mr. Max Black
Jim Gérald Mr. Blue (as Jim Gerald)

Producers

Editors

William Hornbeck

1955 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Won
1955 Oscar Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Nominated
1955 Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor Won
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