The Barefoot Contessa PG

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From the archive

This film was last shown on 7 December 2023

Showroom Cinema is proud to present a trio of Jack Cardiff’s post-Red Shoes Technicolor works, continuing with 1954’s The Barefoot Contessa.

Beginning with the funeral of Ava Gardner, a former Spanish peasant, cabaret dancer and movie star, who at the time of her death was a fully-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."

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz
2 hours 11 minutes
Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien, Humphrey Bogart


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