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The Barefoot Contessa

Released Sep 29, 1954 2h 8m Drama List
100% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 71% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Washed-up film director Harry Dawes (Humphrey Bogart) gets a second chance at stardom when he discovers stunning peasant Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) dancing in a nightclub in Madrid, Spain. Goaded by his producer, strong-arming Wall Street financier Kirk Edwards (Warren Stevens), Harry convinces her to screen test for, and then star in, his next big picture. But as Edwards' possessive nature and the realities of stardom weigh on Maria, she seeks a genuine lover with whom she can escape. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Richard Brody New Yorker "The Barefoot Contessa" is perhaps the most elaborately structured Hollywood film since "Citizen Kane." Jul 31, 2021 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader An imperfect film, but its excesses are as suggestive as its subtleties. Mar 23, 2010 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Full of wit, wisdom, and caustic dialogue. Rated: 3/4 Apr 12, 2023 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine There is enough witty dialogue and suave movie making in this over-subtle comedy-drama to make it worth attention, but writer-director Joseph L Mankiewicz doesn't seem to care enough about any of his characters... Nov 6, 2019 Full Review Christopher Machell CineVue At once a deeply satirical depiction of Hollywood and a sumptuous saga of the rise and fall of a star Rated: 4/5 Apr 23, 2018 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Mankiewicz's bitter-sweet satire of Hollywood is extremely well acted by Bogart (witty), Avan Gardner (gorgeous), and Edmond O'Brien, who won the Supporting Oscar. Rated: B+ Mar 25, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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Blobbo X Jeopardy answer to: What is opposite of action movie? So many words - was author on bennies? But nothing can sink teethblobs into. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 07/12/24 Full Review Audience Member this movie was a lot talking, and not my favorite Joseph L. Mankewicz film. The twists of the 3rd act were interesting though Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/04/24 Full Review harwee h Solid but I find Bogart annoying. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 12/22/23 Full Review X O An absolutely extraordinary, beautiful, underrated film. My father recommended this film as a way to say he understands who I am, a,d what type of women I like. He was so right. Instinct/intuition tells you everything. :) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/02/23 Full Review Joseph B Boring illogical soaper. No points of interest. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Granny S Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart, and Rossano Brazzi bring star power to this intriguing story of Maria Vargas the main character. The breathtaking scenery of the movie along the Mediterranean is worth seeing. The script itself is a bit full of explanations and background stories that weigh it down at times. But the cinematography, quality acting, and plot twists keep our interest. The movie explores issues of a mysterious young beauty, Maria Vargas. We learn as the plot progresses that this revered beauty is a victim of childhood trauma that show up as unexplainable mysteries in her life. In post WWII America, 1954, topics of War trauma and family violence play out in sometimes subtle and surprising ways. The understatement of the issues discussed add power in one sense. We see people struggling to discuss the most painful aspects of life, the role that chance and kindness play in restoring sick souls, the role that ruthlessness, control, and violence play in tearing down people. St. Theresa of Avila, famous Spanish Nun and Saint was a discalced (barefoot) nun. That Maria Vargas likes to go barefoot resonates with the self sacrificial road that St. Theresa taught and practiced. Not a student of film, I found the performances strong and the ideas explored to be ones with which we continue to wrestle today. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 09/14/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - Posing for a Statue The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - Posing for a Statue 1:46 The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - I'm Drunk The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - I'm Drunk 1:59 The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - Maria On Display The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - Maria On Display 1:52 The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - Maria Had It The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - Maria Had It 2:11 The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - You Are Not a Woman The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - You Are Not a Woman 2:03 The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - You're a Liar The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - You're a Liar 2:14 The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - I Hate Shoes The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - I Hate Shoes 2:08 The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - A Lot of Talent The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - A Lot of Talent 2:20 The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - What a Business The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - What a Business 2:20 The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - Funeral for an Actress The Barefoot Contessa: Official Clip - Funeral for an Actress 1:49 View more videos
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Synopsis Washed-up film director Harry Dawes (Humphrey Bogart) gets a second chance at stardom when he discovers stunning peasant Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) dancing in a nightclub in Madrid, Spain. Goaded by his producer, strong-arming Wall Street financier Kirk Edwards (Warren Stevens), Harry convinces her to screen test for, and then star in, his next big picture. But as Edwards' possessive nature and the realities of stardom weigh on Maria, she seeks a genuine lover with whom she can escape.
Director
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Screenwriter
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Distributor
Key Video, United Artists, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc.
Production Co
United Artists
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 29, 1954, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 16, 2008
Runtime
2h 8m
Sound Mix
Mono
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.37:1), 35mm
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