Barefoot Contessa

Barefoot Contessa

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien

     
 

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz's show business drama The Barefoot Contessa comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materialsSee more details below

Overview

Joseph L. Mankiewicz's show business drama The Barefoot Contessa comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from MGM/UA that will appeal to any fan of classic Hollywood cinema.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Barefoot Contessa combines the flashback structure of Citizen Kane with an attention-grabbing variant of the standard showbiz rags-to-riches story. The film's cynical tone and shifting viewpoint is similar to writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's earlier success, All About Eve. (Citizen Kane was co-written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz's brother, Herman Mankiewicz). The derivative nature of the story aside, The Barefoot Contessa is a beautiful-looking film, with cinematographer Jack Cardiff putting the film's Italian locations to magnificent use. Given what was happening concurrently in Italian cinema, The Barefoot Contessa is an interesting glimpse at neo-realism Hollywood-style. There's very little original about it, but it skillfully combines disparate elements drawn from more classic works. The result, while not a masterpiece, is an intelligent, well-produced example of storytelling, highlighted by occasional bursts of passionate dialogue and solid performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2001
UPC:
0027616862693
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:10:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailers; English: mono; French: mono; French & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Harry Dawes
Ava Gardner Maria Vargas
Edmond O'Brien Oscar Muldoon
Marius Goring Alberto Bravano
Rossano Brazzi Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini
Valentina Cortese Eleanora Torlato-Favrini
Warren Stevens Kirk Edwards
Elizabeth Sellars Jerry
Franco Interlenghi Pedro
Mari Aldon Myrna
Maria Zanoli Maria's Mother
Renato Chiantoni Maria's Father
Bill Fraser J. Montague Brown
John Parrish Mr. Black
Jim Gérald Mr. Blue
Diana Decker Drunken Blonde
Riccardo Rioli Gypsy Dancer
Tonio Selwart The Pretender
Margaret Anderson The Pretender's Wife
Gertrude Flynn Lulu McGee
John Horne Hector Eubanks
Bessie Love Mrs. Eubanks
Robert Christopher Eddie Blake
Carlo Dale Chauffeur
Alberto Rabagliati Night Club Proprietor
Enzo Staiola Busboy

Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Arrigo Equini Art Director
Sorelle Fontana Costumes/Costume Designer
William W. Hornbeck Editor
Charles Knott Sound/Sound Designer
Mario Nascimbene Score Composer
Michael Waszynski Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Logos/"Fade In" [3:35]
2. Money Talks [9:39]
3. Friendly Persuasion [9:43]
4. He Gets The Girl [11:56]
5. "Movie Magnates" [6:40]
6. A Star Is Born [10:28]
7. South America Wealth [2:05]
8. Longing For A Prince [2:33]
9. "Goliath vs Goliath" [6:30]
10. "International Set" [9:34]
11. "What Will Be Will Be" [6:10]
12. They Meet Again [5:10]
13. "The Last Contessa" [9:44]
14. A Fairytale Marriage [7:25]
15. A Destroyed Fantasy [9:42]
16. Fade Out/End Credits [:56]

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