Barefoot Contessa, The (1954)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Humphrey Bogart Harry Dawes
Ava Gardner Maria Vargas
Edmond O'Brien Oscar Muldoon
Marius Goring Alberto Bravano
Rossano Brazzi Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini
Valentina Cortese Eleanora Torlato-Favrini
Warren Stevens Kirk Edwards
Elizabeth Sellars Jerry
Franco Interlenghi Pedro
Mari Aldon Myrna
Bessie Love
Edmund O'Brien
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Crime; Mystery; Romance
Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Producer Robert Haggiag; Angelo Rizzoli
Writer Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Studio MGM / UA; MGM (Video & DVD)
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 2 hr 8 mins
Country USA
Color Color
In The Barefoot Contessa producer/director Joseph Mankiewicz used the same "prismatic" approach - telling the story of one person from several different points of view - that he'd employed in All About Eve . The film begins at the funeral of Ava Gardner , a former Spanish peasant, cabaret dancer and movie star, who at the time of her death was a full-fledged contessa. Her life story unfolds in flashback recollections from her mourners. Film director Humphrey Bogart recalls how his career was saved when he discovered Gardner on behalf of Howard R. Hughes -like mogul Warren Stevens . Press agent Edmond O'Brien remembers how Ava was wooed and then abandoned by mercurial millionaire Marius Goring , and Italian count Rosanno Brazzi reflects on how he was able to wed the tempestuous Gardner , only to watch his world crumble after revealing on their wedding night that he was "only half a man." Joseph Mankiewicz tends to write about types rather than people, for whom he composes speeches rather than dialogue; the weakest scene involves a lengthy, pointless argument about the despoiling of the environment on behalf of the oil companies. But the stars in The Barefoot Contessa shine brightly, and the Technicolor photography by Jack Cardiff is breathtakingly beautiful. — Hal Erickson
Personal Details
My Rating
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Index 884
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 11/20/03
Store Copy
Owner NF
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 007
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Single side, dual layer
UPC 027616862693
Release Date 2001
Subtitles French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned