The Barefoot Contessa – Posing for a Statue: Maria (Ava Gardner) poses for a statue and Harry (Humphrey Bogart) gives her away at her wedding to the Count (Rossano Brazzi).
Washed-up film director Harry Dawes (Humphrey Bogart) gets a second chance at stardom when he discovers stunning peasant Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) dancing in a nightclub in Madrid, Spain. Goaded by his producer, strong-arming Wall Street financier Kirk Edwards (Warren Stevens), Harry convinces her to screen test for, and then star in, his next big picture. But as Edwards’ possessive nature and the realities of stardom weigh on Maria, she seeks a genuine lover with whom she can escape.
TM & © Key Video (1954)
Cast: Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart, Rossano Brazzi, Valentina Cortesa
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz