Bombshell on the Box – Ava alert!
THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA, Film4, Fri Feb 5, 12.40pm and Thurs 11, 12.50pm
Southern belle bombshell Ava Gardner was in the throes of her tempestuous marriage to a certain Mr Sinatra when she starred in this intelligent and handsome-looking drama in 1954. She plays a Spanish dancer who is brought to Hollywood by a millionaire and turned into a star, with his money.
Ava is said to have taken to flamenco dancing so much that it became a hobby of hers which continued long after filming continued. Perhaps it proved to be useful therapy for the unhappily married..
Humphrey Bogart and an Oscar-winning Edmond O’ Brien also star in this characteristically classy film from writer-director Joseph L Mankiewicz (of All About Eve renown).