The Barefoot Contessa Original Movie Poster. 1954. Linen Backed
The Barefoot Contessa is a 1954 drama film starring two legends of American cinema, Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner. The movie, directed by Academy Award-winning director Joseph L. Mankiewicz also featured actors Edmond OBrien, Marius Goring, Valentina Cortesa and Warren Stevens.
In the movie, Bogart plays a director who is looking for something to save his career when he discovers a dancer in Madrid played by Ava Gardner. She becomes a star in his next movie and is then courted by numerous men vying for her hand in marriage. The Barefoot Contessa is one of the most glamorous films from the Golden Age of Hollywood as it was filmed in numerous locations in Italy. It was well received by critics who praised the movie for its extravagance and it even led to Edmond OBrien winning the Academy Award in 1954 for Best Supporting Actor.
This original one-sheet movie poster measures 27" x 41" and features a classic image of the beautiful Ava Gardner in a dress alongside the image of Bogies face. The studio that filmed the movie was actually ready to release the movies poster without the image of Bogart, which would have been a breach in his contract. As a result, the large drawing of his face was later added on to correct the situation.
This poster can be considered to be in a virtually mint condition. It has been professionally linen backed to 30 x 44 in order to preserve its condition. There are no rips, tears or major defects.