Sparking with juicy dialogue and a superb cast (including Edmond O'Brien in an Oscar-winning performance), this landmark film makes for spectacular, ingeniously-fashioned, original entertainment from writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. With extraordinary beauty and grace, Spanish dancer Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) was born to be a star. Aided by American movie director Harry Dawes (Humphrey Bogart), she attains great success and fortune in Hollywood's land of dreams. But, though she gives her all for stardom, there is one thing Maria will never compromise - her soul. No matter what the cost, The Barefoot Contessa will dance to no-one's music but her own.