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The Barefoot Contessa ()


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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... See more »

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
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Harry Dawes
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Maria Vargas
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Oscar Muldoon
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Alberto Bravano
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Eleanora Torlato-Favrini (as Valentina Cortesa)
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Count Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini
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Jerry
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Kirk Edwards
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Pedro Vargas
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Myrna
Alberto Rabagliati ...
Proprietor
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Busboy
Maria Zanoli ...
Maria's Mother
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Maria's Father
Bill Fraser ...
J. Montague Brown
John Parrish ...
Mr. Max Black
Jim Gérald ...
Mr. Blue (as Jim Gerald)
Diana Decker ...
Drunken Blonde
Riccardo Rioli ...
Gypsy Dancer
Tonio Selwart ...
Pretender
Margaret Anderson ...
Pretender's Wife
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Lulu McGee
John Horne ...
Hector Eubanks
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Mrs. Eubanks
Robert Christopher ...
Eddie Blake (as Bob Christopher)
Anna Maria Padoan ...
Chambermaid (as Anna Maria Paduan)
Carlo Dale ...
Chauffeur
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Bianca Maria Fusari ...
Anna (uncredited)
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Bit Role (uncredited)

Directed by

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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Robert Haggiag ... associate producer
Angelo Rizzoli ... associate producer
Franco Magli ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Mario Nascimbene

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Jack Cardiff ... (photography)

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William Hornbeck

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Fontana ... (gowns)
Rosi Gori ... (uncredited)

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Forrest E. Johnston ... manager of production
Franco Magli ... associate manager of production
Michal Waszynski ... associate manager of production (as Michael Waszynski)

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Bernard Vorhaus ... assistant director (as Piero Mussetta)
Jean-Pierre Mocky ... trainee assistant director (uncredited)

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Arrigo Equini ... settings
Italo Tomassi ... manager of art department (uncredited)

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Charles Knott ... sound recordist
Peter Davies ... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Claude Hitchcock ... boom operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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David Hanna ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Margo Lorenz ... stand-in: Ava Gardner (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 in South America, sets his sights on Maria and 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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Taglines A girl with many ideas . . . and a man for each ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La contessa scalza (Italy)
  • La comtesse aux pieds nus (France)
  • Die barfüßige Gräfin (Germany)
  • La condesa descalza (Spain)
  • La comtessa descalça (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 128 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Marlon Brando turned down the role of Harry Dawes, telling Joseph L. Mankiewicz, "I'm not making pictures about movie stars this year. I'm not even into being a movie star, myself." See more »
Goofs Just after Maria's engagement is announced, Harry is in a small town near a seaport talking to a group of men. They are all looking and gesturing off to stage left. Maria drives right up behind the group and sounds the car horn. The group of men continue talking for almost 3 seconds before any of them react to a car horn that is supposedly going off just 5 feet behind them. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Le contrôle de l'univers (1999). See more »
Quotes Drunken blonde: [of Maria Vargas] She hasn't even got what I've got.
Jerry: What she's got you couldn't spell - and what you've got, you used to have.
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