The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
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I found this a stodgy & un-involving film, with too much narration and underwhelming characters. It's well shot (Jack Cardiff, so it would be), but I struggle to see why it's so highly rated on Cahiers du cinema or They Shoot Pictures lists.
Ava Gardner is "The world's most beautiful animal!"
This is the type of movie that really makes me wonder why more people don't talk about Joseph L. Mankiewicz as one of the top Hollywood directors.
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This movie ranks #31 in Cahiers du Cinéma's 100 Films for an Ideal Cinematheque
This movie ranks #44 in François Truffaut's The Films in My Life
This movie ranks #274 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #286 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
This movie ranks #290 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #362 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #476 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #549 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists