The Barefoot Contessa
Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner. A sardonic, semi-satirical tale of a down-and-out director who helps propel a beautiful young Spanish singer into Hollywood stardom by manipulating and exploiting the industry. 1954/color/128 min/NR/fullscreen.
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The story line fits the lady to a tee, and shows her native free spirit and independence -- traits she demonstrated throughout her life.
the cinematography and sets a major disappointment. Hard to believe this was the work of the man who made All About Eve four years earlier.
Ava Gardener looked beautiful as she always did but she did the worst `Spanish Dance` that I have ever seen. Just waving arms and sliding round in the dust! She captivated Rossano Brazzi but not, I think for her dancing. He made a good impression as the impotent count she married. Gorgeous to look at but a tortured man who did not tell her this until their wedding night.
A grizzled Humphhrey Bogart was the film maker who made her famous as an actress and Edmund O`Brien was the publicist. He won a best supporting actor for his role.
Not, I suspect, a film for the masses, but entertaining nevertheless.