Two years later, right after the New York premiere of 'The Barefoot Contessa' (Joseph L. Mankiewicz), one of the best works of the actress, Ava and Sinatra divorced and the actress decided to leave the country in search of that Spanish freedom and of a bullfighter that she met while filming in Rome. That way, Ava arrives to Madrid.
But all the parties were not at home, with Ava Gardner began the myth Madrid nightlife. One of her friends in the city, Jorge Fiestas, journalist and critic said that in December 31st, 1965 the new pub Oliver was inaugurated Oliver ( Almirante St., 12) and after a few hours Ava made her appearance saying that her presence could do the business. She stayed until eight in the morning and as she thought, the place was crowded the whole time. In Madrid Ava also met Hemingway, another myth that left a thousand legends in town.
The life she lived in Madrid and the people she knew there have been collected on many occasions, as in the book 'Beberse la vida' by Marcos Ordonez, with which we began this text. On it was based the documentary 'The Noght Long' by the director Isaki Lacuesta (winner of the Golden Shell at San Sebastian Festival 2011 with 'The Double Steps').
Commissioned by the TCM channel the film is, director said, 'a dialogue between the old and the young Ava'. The title of the documentary comes from a Robert Graves poem dedicated to Gardner, "All the night long", poem that he wrote after having Ava sleeping in his house.
The film begins with a voiceover saying, "This film tells what happened between a close up of Pandora and a closeup of Harem, the first and the last shot in Spain of Ava" A country she loved, because, once said, "it has the same defects as me".