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Film: The Barefoot Contessa
Give Netflix a rest this summer and come see the last of three classic movies on glorious (and increasingly rare) 35 mm film at the Frist Center in our Italian Style on Celluloid series. Inspired by the exhibition Italian Style: Fashion since 1945, this selection features some of the most iconic films of the twentieth century, with sharply dressed stars, glamorous locations, and a very Italian brand of cool nonchalance. Join us for La Dolce Vita (June 19), Roman Holiday (July 10), and The Barefoot Contessa (August 14), and experience the Hollywood on the Tiber phenomenon for yourself.
Humphrey Bogart plays Harry Dawes, a recovering alcoholic and film director who plucks simple nightclub dancer Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) out of obscurity and transforms her into an international movie star. The Barefoot Contessa details the rise and fall of the starlet-turned-aristocrat. The film, shot at the Cinecittà Studios in Rome and featuring glamorous costumes by Italian couturiers Sorelle Fontana (the Fontana sisters), is a prime example of the Hollywood on the Tiber phenomenon. This Technicolor masterpiece—the final evening in our “Italian Style on Celluloid” series—will be shown on 35 mm film, making this already rare screening an event not to be missed.
Directed by Joseph Mankiewicz. NR. 1954. 130 minutes. 35 mm.
Image courtesy of MGM/Park Circus
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