The Barefoot Contessa


(out of 5)

 is usually defined by her appearance in this movie, and the definition is apt; she’s perfectly cast as the irresistibly beautiful and mysterious movie star who comes out of nowhere and dies tragically young.   plays a movie director who finds himself in a town in Spain with an eager publicity agent () and a maniacal film producer () in the hopes of finding out if a tavern dancer (Gardner) is everything they hear she is. They’re looking for a new face for a film they’re working on, and the minute they see her they know they’ve found it. Immediately becoming a star, Gardner’s attitude towards fame is very nonchalant, her feelings for men seemingly tame until Bogart looks a little closer and realizes that she’s much more complex than he originally thought. Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s screenplay, compiled from a variety of inspirational sources (including Judy Garland), doesn’t delve as deep into the seamier side of Hollywood as it seems to want to, but it is more than passable entertainment and gorgeous to look at. Gardner is a marvel, and O’Brien steals a few good scenes as well.

Transoceanic Film, Figaro

USA/Italy, 1954

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1954

Golden Globe Awards 1954

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