The Barefoot Contessa

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Like The Bad and the Beautiful, this starts with a funeral, then moves into flashback with three different guides to the scandalous life of a movie queen who started in the Spanish slums and liked to keep her feet in the dirt. Not as incisive as Minnelli's film, but still a heady Mankiewicz brew of Hollywood trash and wit. Also something of a film à clef, in which the millionaire producer is Howard Hughes, there are disguised caricatures (Farouk, the Duke of Windsor), and the Contessa herself is a tactful mixture (mostly Rita Hayworth).

Release details

Duration: 128 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Screenwriter: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Cast: Ava Gardner
Humphrey Bogart
Edmond O'Brien
Marius Goring
Rossano Brazzi
Elizabeth Sellars
Valentina Cortese