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The Barefoot Contessa

The Barefoot Contessa

The Barefoot Contessa

1954 / 128min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ

CAST: AVA GARDNER, HUMPHREY BOGART, EDMOND O'BRIEN

Both the 7pm [sold out] and 10pm screenings introduced by writer and host of the You Must Remember This podcast, Karina Longworth, who will be signing copies of her new book Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes’s Hollywood, a rumination on sex and power in Tinseltown, between the two screenings.

Mankiewicz, a fiercely intelligent and independent operator, broke away from the studios with this, his acidic insider’s take on the anguishes and compromises of international productions, starring Ava Gardner in a role modeled after Rita Hayworth, that of a Spanish dancer drawn into the movie business; Edmond O’Brien as the publicist who helps to reinvent her; and Humphrey Bogart as the film director who ruefully watches her rise and fall. A typically drum-tight script by Mankiewicz and blessed with the photography of the great DP Jack Cardiff.

35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation.

Karina Longworth is the creator, writer and host of You Must Remember This, a podcast on the secret and forgotten history of 20th century Hollywood. A former film editor of the LA Weekly and critic for the Village Voice, she is the author of four previous books, including Hollywood Frame by Frame and Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actor. She lives in Los Angeles.