The Barefoot Contessa
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The Barefoot Contessa 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"An imperfect film, but its excesses are as suggestive as its subtleties."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Bogart, Gardner sizzle"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Brilliantly witty but trashy showbiz melodrama."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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