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 100
This movie ranks #44 in François Truffaut's The Films of My Life
This movie ranks #270 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #286 in Masters Of Cinema
This movie ranks #362 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #472 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #539 in Cahiers du cinéma - Yearly top 10s