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‘The Barefoot Contessa’ [Masters of Cinema] on Blu-ray & DVD March 12, 2018!

Humphrey Bogart plays down on his luck writer and director Harry Dawes, reduced to working for an egotistical and abusive producer, Kirk Edwards (Warren Stevens). Whilst scouting for the female lead in his new movie, Dawes meets the beautiful and charismatic Maria Vargas, a barefooted flamenco dancer, in a Madrid night club and convinces her to star in his movie. Maria is an overnight sensation, but cannot find satisfaction in the shallow world of Hollywood, and the men in her life who treat her as nothing more than a commodity.  

A bitter-sweet Hollywood satire starring Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner

 

A high point in the already success-laden career of writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz (A Letter to Three WivesAll About Eve), and one of the most glamorous and extravagant films from Hollywood s Golden Age, The Barefoot Contessa is a tragic drama about the tumultuous rise and fall of fictional Hollywood actress Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner).

Also featuring Edmund O’Brien in an Oscar winning role as a duplicitous publicist, and featuring cinematography from the legendary Jack Cardiff, The Barefoot Contessa was a massive success upon release, and The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film in a special Dual Format edition, that includes the film on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

DUAL FORMAT SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
  • Optional 5.1 and uncompressed LPCM dual mono soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Rarely seen archival interview with director Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Audio commentary with film historians Julie Kirgo and David Del Valle
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • A collector’s booklet featuring a new essay by Farren Smith Nehme; and rare archival material.

PRESS:

“Entertaining satire from a talented cast  – Empire

“Caustic and cynical report on the glittering and graceless behaviour of the Hollywood-international set  – The New York Times

A heady Mankiewicz brew of Hollywood trash and wit Time Out

François Truffaut wrote, “…what is beyond doubt is its total sincerity, novelty, daring, and fascination … I myself accept and value it for its freshness, intelligence, and beauty … A subtle and intelligent film, beautifully directed and acted

 

DETAILS:

 

Label: Eureka!

Title| THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA

Starring| HUMPHREY BOGART | AVA GARDNER

Director| JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZ

Dual Format Cat. No.| EKA70291

Dual Format Barcode| 5060000702910

Dual Format RRP| £17.99

 Release Date| 12 March 2018

Certificate| PG

Run Time| 128 minutes

OAR| 1.75:1

Picture| Colour

Genre| ROMANCE / MYSTERY

Year| 1954

Country| ITALY / USA

Language| ENGLISH / SPANISH / ITALIAN

Subtitles| ENGLISH SDH

 

 

The Barefoot Contessa is released on

Blu-ray & DVD March 12, 2018!

ORDER NOW!

 

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Gerard Iribe is a writer/reviewer for Why So Blu?. He has also reviewed for other sites like DVD Talk, Project-Blu, and CHUD, but Why So Blu? is where the heart is. You can follow his incoherency on Twitter: @giribe

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