History Film / TheBarefootContessa

20th Mar '17 9:21:24 AM JamesAustin
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* ForegoneConclusion: The movie starts with Maria's funeral.



* ProfessionalButtKisser: Oscar the publicist. In RealLife "professional butt-kisser" is probably a good job description for publicist. At any rate, Oscar is an obsequious servant for Kirk Edwards, praising him to the skies to Maria despite not actually liking him at all. When he hires on with Alberto, Oscar is just as obsequious, giving up his umbrella to Albert at Maria's funeral.
* StageName: Maria Vargas becomes Maria D'Amata. What was wrong with "Vargas"?

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* ProfessionalButtKisser: Oscar the publicist. In RealLife "professional butt-kisser" is probably a good job description for publicist. At any rate, Oscar He is an obsequious servant for Kirk Edwards, praising him to the skies to Maria despite not actually liking him at all. When he hires on with Alberto, Oscar is just as obsequious, giving up his umbrella to Albert at Maria's funeral.
* StageName: Maria Vargas becomes Maria D'Amata. What was wrong with "Vargas"?D'Amata after she is signed on.
12th Feb '17 1:20:00 PM MarkLungo
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Not to be confused with ''Series/BarefootContessa'', the CookingShow hosted by Ina Garten, who stole a title from this movie. Silent film star Bessie Love has one line as a guest at dinner.

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Not to be confused with ''Series/BarefootContessa'', the CookingShow hosted by Ina Garten, who stole a title from this movie.

Edward O'Brien won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Oscar Muldoon, Kirk's toadying publicist.

Silent film star Bessie Love has one line as a guest at dinner.
dinner.
11th Feb '17 10:43:33 PM MarkLungo
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* SweaterGirl: Among the cornucopia of {{Fanservice}} outfits Gardner wears in this movie is an arresting tight-sweater ensemble for the scene where Maria is flamenco dancing with some [[UsefulNotes/{{Roma}} Gypsies]].

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* SweaterGirl: Among the cornucopia of {{Fanservice}} outfits Gardner wears in this movie is an arresting tight-sweater ensemble for the scene where Maria is flamenco dancing with some [[UsefulNotes/{{Roma}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} Gypsies]].
11th Feb '17 10:42:40 PM MarkLungo
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* SweaterGirl: Among the cornucopia of {{Fanservice}} outfits Gardner wears in this movie is an arresting tight-sweater ensemble for the scene where Maria is flamenco dancing with some Gypsies.

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* SweaterGirl: Among the cornucopia of {{Fanservice}} outfits Gardner wears in this movie is an arresting tight-sweater ensemble for the scene where Maria is flamenco dancing with some Gypsies.[[UsefulNotes/{{Roma}} Gypsies]].
11th Feb '17 10:24:40 PM MarkLungo
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Harry Dawes (Bogart) is a past-his-prime alcoholic film director who is trying to make a comeback after quitting drinking. Insufferable rich {{Jerkass}} film producer Kirk Edwards (Warren Stevens) has taken Harry to Spain to search out "a new face" for motion pictures. In Madrid they see a nightclub performance by castanet dancer Maria Vargas (Gardner). Edwards and Dawes are both enchanted. Maria takes an instant dislike to Edwards because he is an insufferable rich {{Jerkass}}, but she forms a bond with good-hearted Harry, and Harry convinces Maria to leave for America and take a shot at a career in the movies.

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Harry Dawes (Bogart) is a past-his-prime alcoholic film director who is trying to make a comeback after quitting drinking. Insufferable rich {{Jerkass}} film producer Kirk Edwards (Warren Stevens) has taken Harry to Spain UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} to search out "a new face" for motion pictures. In Madrid they see a nightclub performance by castanet dancer Maria Vargas (Gardner). Edwards and Dawes are both enchanted. Maria takes an instant dislike to Edwards because he is an insufferable rich {{Jerkass}}, but she forms a bond with good-hearted Harry, and Harry convinces Maria to leave for America and take a shot at a career in the movies.



* PosthumousCharacter: Considering that the movie starts with Maria's funeral...



* WouldHitAGirl: Kirk the creep smacks Myrna across the face when she mouths off.

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* WouldHitAGirl: Kirk the creep smacks Myrna across the face when she mouths off.off.
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11th Feb '17 10:19:10 PM MarkLungo
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Harry Dawes (Bogart) is a past-his-prime alcoholic film director who is trying to make a comeback after quitting drinking. Insufferable rich {{Jerkass}} film producer Kirk Edwards has taken Harry to Spain to search out "a new face" for motion pictures. In Madrid they see a nightclub performance by castanet dancer Maria Vargas (Gardner). Edwards and Dawes are both enchanted. Maria takes an instant dislike to Edwards because he is an insufferable rich {{Jerkass}}, but she forms a bond with good-hearted Harry, and Harry convinces Maria to leave for America and take a shot at a career in the movies.

Maria adopts the stage name Maria D'Amata and becomes a huge movie star. Yet she is not happy, not being comfortable amongst the rich jet set, feeling more at home among the type of common people she grew up with. She rejects the attentions of loathsome Kirk Edwards, spending time with South American rich playboy Alberto Bravano instead. Eventually she finds love with an Italian count, Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini--or so she thinks. Eventually, tragedy strikes.

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Harry Dawes (Bogart) is a past-his-prime alcoholic film director who is trying to make a comeback after quitting drinking. Insufferable rich {{Jerkass}} film producer Kirk Edwards (Warren Stevens) has taken Harry to Spain to search out "a new face" for motion pictures. In Madrid they see a nightclub performance by castanet dancer Maria Vargas (Gardner). Edwards and Dawes are both enchanted. Maria takes an instant dislike to Edwards because he is an insufferable rich {{Jerkass}}, but she forms a bond with good-hearted Harry, and Harry convinces Maria to leave for America and take a shot at a career in the movies.

Maria adopts the stage name Maria D'Amata and becomes a huge movie star. Yet she is not happy, not being comfortable amongst the rich jet set, feeling more at home among the type of common people she grew up with. She rejects the attentions of loathsome Kirk Edwards, spending time with rich South American rich playboy Alberto Bravano (Marius Goring) instead. Eventually she finds love with an Italian count, Vincenzo Torlato-Favrini--or Torlato-Favrini (Rossano Brazzi)--or so she thinks. Eventually, tragedy strikes.


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* BarefootPoverty: Maria grew up too poor to afford shoes, but she comes to enjoy going barefoot.


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* FeetFirstIntroduction: The first we see of Maria is a closeup of her bare feet as she makes out with a man in her dressing room.
11th Feb '17 10:01:29 PM jamespolk
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Not to be confused with ''Series/BarefootContessa'', the CookingShow hosted by Ina Garten, who stole a title from this movie.

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Not to be confused with ''Series/BarefootContessa'', the CookingShow hosted by Ina Garten, who stole a title from this movie.
movie. Silent film star Bessie Love has one line as a guest at dinner.
11th Feb '17 10:00:33 PM jamespolk
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Mankiewicz later said that the Maria-Vincenzo thing was inspired by Creator/RitaHayworth's marriage to Prince Aly Khan. Predatory oil magnate turned film producer Kirk Edwards was inspired by Creator/HowardHughes.
11th Feb '17 9:53:28 PM jamespolk
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[[caption-width-right:350:Creator/AvaGardner, being gorgeous]]
11th Feb '17 9:42:45 PM jamespolk
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* PrivateEyeMonologue: Bogart was most known for this, but in this movie, all the point-of-view characters--Harry, Oscar, Alberto, and Vincenzo--all talk like this as they narrate their experiences with Maria.
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