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All About Eve
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Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Bette Davis as Margo
George Sanders as Addison DeWitt
Celeste Holm as Karen
Gary Merrill as Bill Simpson
Hugh Marlowe as Lloyd Richards
Gregory Ratoff as Max Fabian
Barbara Bates as Phoebe
Marilyn Monroe as Miss Casswell
Thelma Ritter as Birdie
Walter Hampden as Aged Actor
Randy Stuart as Eve's Pal on Telephone
Craig Hill as Leading Man in 'Footsteps on the Ceiling'
Leland Harris as Doorman
Storyline: Aspiring actress Eve Harrington maneuvers her way into the lives of Broadway star Margo Channing, playwright Lloyd Richards and director Bill Sampson. This classic story of ambition and betrayal has become part of American folklore. Bette Davis claims to have based her character on the persona of film actress Talullah Bankhead. Davis' line "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night" is legendary, but, in fact, all of the film's dialog sparkles with equal brilliance.
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#1 All Time Favourite
I first saw part of this film on TV when I was about 10...and I laughed out loud. Unfortunately it was lunch time and I had to go back to school. It was many years before I actually saw the entire film, on the big screen, at a revival house in Toronto. I have since seen it more times than I can count, and I still laugh continually throughout. Best movie line of all time: "You're too short for that gesture!" I have to admit that I had seen the film about 20 times before I finally figured out what Marilyn said while going off towards Max....it wasn't "Why do they always look like nappy rabbits?" (which made no sense)....but "Why do they always look like UNhappy rabbits?" Her diction or my hearing? Had it been a play it would have the same stature as "The Importance of Being Ernest". We're probably lucky it wasn't, and it should never never NEVER be re-made....it would be like re-painting the Mona Lisa. Frame for frame, word for word, perfection. It never ages and it never gets thin. "Ah men!"
Where are the stage performances?
All About Eve is all about Bette Davis and Anne Baxter. One an outspoken and uninhibited diva with a kind heart. She's always honest, even if it might hurt feelings, not in the least of herself. The other an innocent and naive wallflower that can turn into a skilled devious witch in the blink of an eye.

The male leads are somewhat interchangeable, alike in looks and behaviour. Exception is DeWitt, who is slick, distinguished and amoral and therefore a rather interesting character. The scenes in which he confronts Eve are among the highlights.

Marilyn Monroe has a small part, and, though we all know of her, eh, average acting abilities, she has a radiance about her that has future stardom written all over it.

Oddly enough, for a movie about the theatre, we hardly see any scene in which theatre performances are shown. These scenes might have been left at the cutting table, but more likely it has just been a matter of indolence or incompetence. For a story about two top theatre actresses it must be quite a challenge to deliver these stage abilities on the silver screen, but quite essential too. It's nevertheless an enjoyable movie, where the interesting plot and acting power of the two lead actresses will keep you in your seat.
What a surprise, I love this movie!
After so many years of denying the fact that I would ever rent any of these, as I put it then, 'old chick flicks', I finally swallowed my pride and got myself "All About Eve" among others, and I have to say, I'm extremely glad I did.

I was transfixed throughout this whole movie; it's listed as a drama but I found myself laughing all the way through it, not because all the lines were amusing but simply because it was just so enjoyable. I described it after I had watched it as like "a Walt Disney version of a Patricia Highsmith novel". The characters are just as enjoyable and the plot, almost a farce, really, is just as beautifully set up and makes you want to clap your hands at every twist.

Bette Davis is stunning as the melodramatic Margo Channing, I loved every moment of her performance, I have to say. Anne Baxter was also brilliant as Eve, and George Sanders in his Oscar-winning role actually really surprised me, considering I'd never heard of him until I saw this (obviously more my fault than his).

And the dialogue is to die for. Every scene is almost like an Abbott and Costello routine, with snappy remarks followed immediately afterwards by equally snappy comebacks, just thrown from one character to another as quickly as you please, and the result is brilliant. You really begin to love all of the characters and writer/director Mankiewicz especially. It's an ingenious film, thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. Five stars out of five.
Well done, but the plot isn't for me
I understood the basic ideas of the plot, and the motivations of each character. However, in most of the scenes I wasn't feeling drawn in, and it often became difficult to watch. I think a substantial amount of content could have been cut, and it would make for a tighter and more concise film. Karen (I think that's her name, the person who first introduces Margo to Eve), I can't remember almost anything about. Some scenes, like the ones between Addison and Eve, were really great.

I originally thought I was going to have to write that Eve seems like a fake character, too happy and childlike, etc. but that changes. She goes through an excellent character arc. Margo was amazing, and really seemed to be a genuine, weary star.
All About Bette
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The movie Perfect Stranger opened today and as many critic noted the script was not up to standard. But then again one is always reading how today's script's just don't cut it. And one wonders why? Surly today's directors can draw upon previous movie scripts if no more than to see how well they are constructed. And no script was more in it's craft that Joseph L. Mankiewicz's All About Eve. I could also point out Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity and a few others but All About Eve is one one Mankiewicz's best, along with A Letter to Three Wives and the charming People Will Talk. But, as many a poster knows All About Eve garnered 14 academy award nominations, winning 6. Bette Davis was robbed! Sure, Gloria Swanson was dazzling in Sunset Boulevard but she didn't have the competition Miss Davis had in All About Eve. There was Anne Baxter reprising a similar role she played in the 1944 film Guest in the House. And George Sanders playing a variation of his role in The Picture of Dorian Gray. I think the academy members gave him his award for his magnificent body of work. His award was well deserved. But miss Baxter couldn't hold a candle to Miss Davis who essayed her role in 14 days. And out of sequence. The first scene filmed for the movie was Miss Davis encountering Addison De Witt in the lobby of the theatre. The producers could only get the theatre for a certain time not on it's schedule so did what it had to do. Film that scene. The interior of the theatre scene was filmed at a later date. Many people don't know that Hollywood is a very small town. And the academy award members is not a large body at all, maybe a little over two thousand. But at that time the members had long memories and since Miss Davis was no longer Queen of Hollywood let alone under a contract to a major studio they knew they had no allegiance to her. She had stepped on too many academy members toes, and some still felt the sting. Gloria Swanson, well, she just came out of retirement for this one film and so they felt no allegiance to her, either. Neither studio backed the two stars. And the award went to Judy Holliday for a very boring movie called Born Yesterday. A role that Miss Holliday had performed on Broadway many many time. It's hard to watch Born Yesterday today and you really wonder why the members didn't give the academy award to Miss Davis. All About Eve is a timeless movie, a classic and a gem and the towering performance in the entire film is by Bette Davis. To go further in the case of vendetta, the members did give Katherine Hepburn an award for her unforgettable performance in The Lion in Winter but to make sure Davis couldn't catch Hepburn she got another award for the insipid Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, a role not worthy of an academy award. Still, Miss Davis somehow comes out a true winner when all one has to do is to watch All About Eve. We are her academy award.
A 'Good' Movie Is As Far As I'll Go
I had never watched this "Best Picture of 1950" until a couple of years ago because it just looked like one of those 1950s melodramas (translation: soap operas) that I can't stand, and it starred an older Bette Davis, who was only appealing to me in her youth in the 1930s. However, after hearing and reading so many rave reviews of this, especially on the IMDb Classic Board, and the fact it was out on DVD, I decided to check it out.

I was glad I did. I liked it, thought it was entertaining and worth the 138-minute investment. I still didn't find it as good as advertised - at least for my tastes - but it was still a pretty involving story with good acting. How it could have been up for so many Academy Awards - 14, I believe - is beyond me, however.

Neverthess, it's main attribute, as advertised, is the dialog which sparkles with "intelligence," as the Liberal film critic-elitists like to refer to it. It's a "smart" comedy, they say from their ivory towers. Make no mistake: the dialog is good, but I've heard just as good from some film noirs and other movies. Movies put more of a premium on that sort of stuff back in the days before computerized special-effects and limited attention spans took over.

The best dialog came from George Sanders, playing a sharp-tongued theater critic. Davis was next, which is no surprise. Her career, thanks to her own real- life efforts to get good roles, was doted with characters that had good dialog. This role kept her Hollywood career going as it had been fading as she approached 40 years of age. She was beginning to look older than her years and many times that spelled "death" to an actress, but she was not the average actress.

The only character in the film I couldn't stand was "Eve," by Anne Baxter, not for her role but for the way she delivered her lines. Baxter didn't do this at first, but as the film went on she kept finishing sentence after sentence with a whisper. It was extremely annoying and affected. People don't talk like that!

Overall, for a film dominated by dialog for almost two hours and 20 minutes, it did a great job of holding one's interest. I only found one part that really lagged. It's a good movie - a well-crafted story - but putting in almost-mythical status as one of the greatest of all times, as some have, is a bit exaggerated.
Broadway legend Margo Channing (starring Bette Davis), is aging but not gracefully, has everything: a successful career, close friends, a man who loves her.
After watching the film, I came up with the conclusion that the theme is female sexuality. Eve has no problem befriending women, and then stabbing them in the back by trying to sleep with their men. She pretends that she is innocent, but she uses her sexuality to get anything she wants. Flush with success, Eve reveals her true colors. First, she propositions Bill, but he turns her down. Next she blackmails Karen into arranging more starring roles for her. Then she seduces Karen's husband. This repression of sexuality is what gives her the ability to manipulate successfully. If you like the 1957 movie "A Face in the Crowd", you should like this movie too. Both are studies of fame and celebrity. Eve shows how a person will corrupt themselves in order to attain it, whereas A Face's premise is that fame corrupts those who find themselves in the spotlight.

All About Eve maximized the use of lighting effect in order to reveal the audience the entirety of what was happening. The movie depicted Eve Harrington's cunning exploits in the light enabling the audience to take a full view of how the seemingly harmless Ms. Eve reveal her true self in the course of the movie. The lighting seemed to have illuminated Eve's motives, revealing key facial expressions and body languages which may have been missed inappropriately by the audience where the setting may have been effected using low-key lighting.

Mankiewicz also demonstrates how to effectively use the "single take" technique. As Karen hatches her scheme to strand Margo on the side of the road, she sits down in front of a fireplace with her back turned to the camera. Voice-over narration reveals her inner thoughts, but instead of cutting around to a front close-up of Karen's face, Mankiewicz holds the shot from across the room behind her, showing her head in front of the crackling fireplace. The fire becomes a hint to her mischief in this scene, an anomaly to her otherwise kind character.

This is a good film. It's all because of Eve that we too can look at this film and realize that success at any cost is not success for us or for Eve.
Seatbelts Fastened!
Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed this multi-Academy Award winning(best picture, director, and screenplay) film about the rise of Eve Harrington(played by Anne Baxter) a conniving stage actress whose ruthless climb to success comes at the expense of her "idol" Margo Channing(played by Bette Davis) whom she first befriends, then later undermines by disrupting the lives of her director boyfriend(played by Gary Merrill) and her screenwriter friends(played by Hugh Marlowe and Celeste Holm) But it is cynical and acerbic critic Addison De Witt(played by George Sanders in an Academy Award winning best supporting acting performance) that retells the story of Eve, who sees right through her act, and discovers her hidden past. Superb film with exceptional acting and directing, and has one of the best-written screenplays in cinema history, filled with witty lines, originality, and biting cynicism. Not a heart-warmer by any stretch, but immensely satisfying all the same.
Everything You've Heard is True
In the small, self-selected universe of 'films that I have seen,' there exists the much smaller set of 'films that have blown me away' upon initial viewing. I refer to movies that have opened up a separate room in my consciousness, where they remain as lodestones.

All About Eve is so excellently written and performed, that one almost has a sense that one is watching a reality show, but a reality show with really smart and artistically gifted stars. In black and white. From a bygone era.

The authenticity of the dialog, the natural acting styles, the subtle characterizations remind one of how rare such qualities are in the dramatic arts, especially Hollywood films. How amazing it is that films of this quality got made, and still do. How fortunate we are as the public that our lives are enriched by such movies. Yet, how unfortunate that they are the exception rather than the rule.

My one quibble is a finale which I think was unnecessary. It has the feeling of being tacked on, almost like the producers felt that the main character had to face a kind of moral reckoning. Nevertheless, for 95% of it's length, 'Eve' is a priceless and exquisite journey.
"All About Eve" is the kind of movie that blows your mind, not because of special effect or something like that, but because of what movies are all about, a great direction, a great screenplay, and great acting.

Stage star Margo Channing(Davis) is friend to playwright Lloyd Richards(Marlowe) and his wife Karen(Holm), in love with director Bill Samson(Merill), and the idol of Eve Harrington(Baxter) who becomes her secretary-aide. Eve begins to dominate: she sends Bill Margo's birthday wishes and arranges a party for him, at which point Margo explodes. Eve becomes Margo's understudy and, when Margo misses a performance, critic Addison DeWitt gives her rave reviews while making acerbic remarks about aging actresses like Margo.

In it's first scenes, you can see an unusual style in this kind of movie, and it doesn't look old, even nowadays. The plot is not very entertaining, but the dialogues and the acting grabs your attention, and some quotes leave you speechless to describe how good they are, and it's memorable scenes, like the dialogues between Eve and Bill about the theater, and the last scene, which is probably the best one, are awesome.

The acting is almost perfect by all it's cast, except for Marilyn Monroe's short appearance, that with three or four lines, can show that she is not in the same acting level of the rest of the cast. Bette Davis is what really stands out (Although George Sanders as DeWitt is almost as good as her), she's funny, and know where to show her emotions, and when to hide it.

Verdict: Almost everything works, and it's a classic that should not be missed.
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