NWFC: Barefoot Contessa

March 22, 2015 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Whitsell Auditorium, inside the Portland Art Museum

US, 1954

Humphrey Bogart plays Harry Dawes, a recovering alcoholic film director who plucks simple nightclub dancer Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) out of obscurity and turns her into an international movie star. The influential Roman fashion designers the Fontana Sisters created Gardner’s costumes, including the iconic and controversial “pretino” (based on a priest’s cassock and complete with a giant rosary), which was later referenced by Piero Gherardi for Anita Ekberg’s enticing costume in Fellini’s LA DOLCE VITA. “Mankiewicz’s pitiless take on the dissolute, dispiriting world of international filmmaking, a veritable film à clef…the film’s aura of profound and limitless disenchantment looks ahead to Fellini and Godard’s CONTEMPT.”—Film Society of Lincoln Center. (130 mins.)

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View the full schedule of the Northwest Film Center’s Italian Style film series, screening March 6 – 22 in celebration of Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for the lecture.
Please email access@pam.org 2-3 weeks in advance, or call 503-226-2811.