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The Barefoot Contessa [DVD]


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  • Actors: Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Marius Goring, Valentina Cortese
  • Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Writers: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Producers: Angelo Rizzoli, Franco Magli, Robert Haggiag
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish, French, German
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 15 April 2002
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000634CG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,122 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special features:
Original Theatrical trailer
Interactive menu screens and chapter selections
Soundtrack: English, French, German, Spanish Subtitles: French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish

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Sparkling with juicy dialogue and a superb case (including Edmond O’Brien in an Oscar-winning performance), this landmark film is spectacular, ingeniously-fashioned, original entertainment. With extraordinary beauty, talent and grace, Spanish dancer maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) was born to be a star. Aided by American movie director Harry Daves (Humphrey Bogart), she attains great success and fortune in Hollywood’s land of dreams. But, though she gives her all for stardom, there is one thing Maria will never compromise – her soul. No matter what the cost, The Barefoot Contessa will dance to no-one’s music but her own.


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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By F. V. L. Buliciri on 12 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
The Barefoot Contessa is one of the best films of the 1950's.Ava Gardner gives a magnificent performance as a beautiful Spanish nightclub dancer Maria Vargas who is catapulted to instant stardom in Hollywood from a poverty stricken background in Spain.Humphrey Bogart is superb as Harry Dawes the producer who discovers Gardner and becomes her friend and confidante.The film explores the darker side of fame in spite of Maria's fame, celebrity and desirability as a woman she craves a quieter simpler life with 'real ordinary,' people instead of the fake people she meets in showbiz and high society circles. Marriage to an Italian counts provides Maria with the escape she needs but with tragic consequences.
I really adored this film. When I watched it and I saw how Ava Gardner's character looked sad and lonely at the height of her fame even though she was popular and desired by so many men I realised that fame is not all that it's supposed to be. If you want to discover the magic behind Ava Gardner and Hollywood of a by-gone era then I recommend that you see this film.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By cath grey on 5 Nov 2006
Format: DVD
It's been about a week since I viewed this film, and it's managed to stay with me since. I'm fairly new to Bogart, who manages to live up to his Film God hype with a classy performance full of believable empathy. Ava Gardner, as expected, steals the show with a brave, spit-on-the-ground performance of a character that was, in some ways, just like herself. Just a stunning, remarkable film with a tender friendship between the two lead characters, and a framework story that doesn't seem contrived. The beauty of this film is that Ava and Gardner carry the film together. Neither character is more important and both performances respect that.

Interesting tidbit: the statue of Gardner that features prominently in the film was also prominent in Gardner's ex-husband Frank Sinatra's garden in his Palm Springs home for over 20 years after their divorce. Sinatra's last wife demanded it be removed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Chugg on 15 Mar 2008
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This is another beautiful piece of cinematography.
Ava and Bogart compliment each other beautifully.
Alot about the character seemed to echo Ava's life - her love of bullfighting and bullfighters and sheer zest she had for living and life!!
This is another DVD that I cherish - take a look at Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, another superb Ava film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. V. A. BATH on 11 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
When I first saw this film I didn't understand the problem Ava had with her new Husband, I was only 17 at the time. Now that I have seen it in full 50 odd years later, I do understand their problem. Poor lady.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By doctor oz MB,MRCP on 4 Jun 2009
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Mankiewicz starts his narrative with the death of his leading lady and the narrative brilliantly is seen from the perspective of the men who were active in her life in various roles and perspectives as they brood over her funeral .

The tragic tone is astonishingly interspersed in flashback with the joys and celebrations of a remarkable woman played by AVA GARDNER as MARIA VARGAS .

AVA virtually steals every scene from her male colleagues as her rise from a peasant girl to a showbiz celebrity is revealed ,

an assortment of ensemble cast including BOGART AND ROSANNAO BRAZZI act the whimsical lovers reminiscing at her funeral .

The vivid depiction of a vivacious life is played with a spiritual grace as a non-assuming simple girl as a plausible and appealing celebrity who still inhabits her humble garb in her latter glory.

The four men comprise a whimsical movie director ,a loud mouth press agent and a flamboyant latino playboy and lastly a sexually dysfunctional italian count .

This is a palpable tale of evil ,venomous treachery and envy born out of frustration Mankiewic uses the naive habit of the innocent woman as going around barefoot as a superlative metaphor for her naive innocence .

It is heart-rending and gardner plays it without melodrama with an under act that far exceeds any theatric giants and the bleak cynical look at hollywood and it's pitiful celebrities becomes both verbal barbs and visual arrows flung by the audio-visual bravura of a talented director .

He virtually succeeds in creating a dark Cinderella tale where the male italian aristocratic prince becomes the anti -thesis of the legend itself .
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By fatdog on 23 Oct 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I love these old films and its great to be able to purchase them on DVD. Bought this one for my mother's birthday as its her era. She loved it.
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By M PUFF on 16 April 2012
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ANOTHER TIMELESS CLASSIC I ALWAYS BUY THESE MOVIES CLASSY WITH A GREAT STORY THEY ARE IN THE SAME CATAGORY AS MUGAMBO,BHOWANI JUNCTION AND PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN SO IF YOU LOVE OLD FILMS YOU WILL DELIGHT IN THESE NOSTALGIC DVDS
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