"A Brilliant Picture!" -The Hollywood Reporter
Sparking with "juicy dialogue" (Leonard Maltin) and a superb cast (including Edmond O'Brien in an OscarÂ®-winning performance), this landmark film is "spectacular... ingeniously-fashioned, original entertainment" (Variety).
With extraordinary beauty, talent and grace, Spanish dancer Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) was born to be a star. Aided by American movie director Harry Dawes (Humphrey Bogart), she attains great success and fortune in Hollywood's land of dreams. But, though she gives her all for stardom, there is one thing Maria will never compromise - her soul. No matter what the cost, The Barefoot Contessa will dance to no one's music but her own.