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The Barefoot Contessa (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 29 September 1954 (USA)
At Maria Vargas' funeral, several people recall who she was and the impact she had on them. Harry Dawes was a not very successful writer/director when he and movie producer Kirk Edwards ... See full summary »
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Cast

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Eleanora Torlato-Favrini (as Valentina Cortesa)
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Kirk Edwards
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Pedro Vargas
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Myrna
Alberto Rabagliati ...
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Busboy
Maria Zanoli ...
Maria's Mother
Renato Chiantoni ...
Maria's Father
Bill Fraser ...
J. Montague Brown
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At Maria Vargas' funeral, several people recall who she was and the impact she had on them. Harry Dawes was a not very successful writer/director when he and movie producer Kirk Edwards scouted her at a shabby nightclub where she worked as a flamenco dancer. He convinces her to take a chance on acting and her first film is a huge hit. PR man Oscar Muldoon remembers when Maria was in court supporting her father who was accused of murdering her mother. It was Maria's testimony that got him off and she was a bigger star than ever. Alberto Bravano, one of the richest men is South America, sets his sights on Maria she goes off with him - as much to make Edwards angry as anything - but he treats her badly. When she meets Count Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini they fall deeply in love. They are married but theirs is not to be a happy life. Written by garykmcd

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La condesa descalza  »

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Trivia

Marlon Brando turned down the role of Harry Dawes, telling 'Joseph L. Mankiwez, "I'm not making pictures about movie stars this year. I'm not even into even being a movie star, myself." See more »

Goofs

Standing in the rain at Maria's funeral, Harry's raincoat is notably more drenched before Oscar's dissertation than afterward, when the lapels are suddenly dry. See more »

Quotes

Harry Dawes: Her name is Jerry.
Maria Vargas: She has the name of a man.
Harry Dawes: That's where the similarities end.
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Connections

Referenced in Mulholland Dr. (2001) See more »

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Barely Interesting Contessa
13 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

A young Spanish dancer becomes a big movie star in Hollywood but dies after only three films. Mankiewicz was a writer first and director second. When the script was not good, all his flaws as a pedestrian director were exposed. As with many of his films, this dreary soap opera relies heavily on narration and talking heads to tell the story rather than the camera. The story is not very interesting and the big finish is silly and anti-climactic. Bogart is about the only reason to watch this and it really drags when he is not on the screen. Gardner is rather vacuous in the title role. O'Brien is pretty good but it is surprising that he won an Oscar for this role.


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