The Barefoot Contessa

  |  Book Tickets: 12/05/2010
  |  Buy to Own: 12/01/1998
  |  Watch Now: 17/08/2007
  |  130 min
Rated PG by the BBFC


The beautiful Hollywood film star Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) is shot dead by her aristocratic husband. At her funeral the men who knew her recount, in flashback, her rise from nightclub dancer to countess, telling of her fierce independence, and slowly revealing the events which lead up to her death. Although strenuously denied by writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz ('All About Eve', 'Cleopatra'), it has often been rumoured that the characters in the film were based on real people such as Rita Hayworth, Howard Hawks and King Farouk.