🎦 All About Eve full movie HD download (Joseph L. Mankiewicz) - Drama. 🎬
All About Eve
Year:
1950
Country:
USA
Genre:
Drama
IMDB rating:
8.3
Director:
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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Reviews
Tremendously witty trap for post-war women, with Lavender Scare underpinnings
Friedan spoke of the "problem that has no name" — the demand of society that women give up the agency they had been demanded to accumulate to lubricate the wheels of the war machine with their factory work. No longer required as servants of warfare, they were supposed to be content with reclassification as unpaid and dependent family worker, because enough of "their men" had returned from abroad. As Smedley Butler so cuttingly detailed, war is a racket. When a racket moves an entire society then the sexes are going to get caught up. Hollywood, the propaganda vehicle in those days, needed to dress up the shabby role of "happy little housewife". And so, one sees slickly corrupted presentations of Friedan's problem.

You see, feminists like Friedan also were part of the trap. Instead of being able to fully comprehend that egalitarian gay relationships are not a threat to the foundation of society (e.g. its war profiteering and other machinations), even those who recognized the problems inherent in withdrawing the newly-found agency of women had to decry them in order to put a nice sheen on the "institution" of heterosexual marriage. Why? Because they didn't understand that only a small percentage of people are gay enough to want serious gay relationships in the first place. Think I'm joking? The former PM of Australia stated with a straight face that same-sex marriages, if legal, threatened the extinction of humanity! The "logic" was that same-sex relationships, presumably because they're more egalitarian, were so attractive to most people that they would abandon heterosexual relationships that are about reproduction (for taxes and other resources). There are several failures of logic and examples of ignorance in the Howard claim but the bottom line is that All About Eve uses that very viewpoint as its foundation for dramatic conflict.

The fight against the dreaded gayness causes all things to take place in this film. Eve's relentless hollow pursuance of stardom is due to her vapid lesbianism. She has no heart and seeks to put an award there. She and the gay man (critic) who she conspires with are "killers". In fact, she's not even fully human. She has a "feverish little brain" like a rat. She studies people, mechanically, like a serial killer — rather than a natural and warm woman who is interested in true love, what Margot transforms into. Lesbianism is just trickery, as when she and her lover conspired.

Margot, the quintessential harpy of Greek myth, is tamed by a younger man. This flip in the gender roles is part of the cleverness of the trickery happening. The common assumption, that younger women belong with older men, is reversed, a seeming improvement for female agency that comes at greater cost — her career. That loss of career, not accidentally, comes with her affirming that older women should leave the business because they're not beautiful enough anymore. Gone is the Margot who doesn't care how young the woman in the part is because of her talent and ferocity. Replacing her is Grandma Channing, who will somehow remain enchanting to the younger man once she has given up all the feminine wiles that made her enchanting – like her fantastic acting and her grande dame exaggeration. Bill sees into her true heart, though — the soft warm fuzzy one that stays in the kitchen to bake muffins.

Heterosexism has the word sexism in it for a reason. Almost no one uses the word for reasons, too. In this film, it is the tool for the promotion of sexism. The film's poster said it is about "women and their men". It's about the role of women now that their men are back from the abroad. That role is definitely not to be "strong women" who will be corrupted by lesbianism and the resulting feminist demands. It won't be to leave men floundering, bereft of female companionship, forced into the arms of other men — seeking art rather than child rearing. Make no mistake. The gay male character is purposefully put right next to Marilyn Monroe to make a point. His sophistication is shallow and self-defeating. Leads to a blind alley. By contrast, a virile red-blooded heterosexual man knows just how to treat a lady. The film is so slick that even Ebert was oblivious vis-à-vis that entire narrative is based on repudiating homosexuality (female agency being one of its symptoms) in favor of patriarchal heterosexual marriage. He gabbed about Channing as being a "universal type" and merely focused on mechanical aspects of filmmaking. People have been conditioned in the modes of seeing the world according to heterosexual patriarchal imperative. Also willful blindness? How any thinking viewer can miss obvious bits like Eve and another woman conspiring together and holding each other's bodies while doing it... Of course she was a lesbian! And, of course it's amusing to her for a gay man to claim that she's his property. It's amusing for a gay man to try to possess a woman in a patriarchal way. The perversion of the scene is obvious and intentional. Film cleverly lays out the Friedan problem in pretending that it's only a problem if one is gay. Reaffirms inferiority of feminine brain, when it comes to the Machivellian requirements of running the world; also shows gay man trying, and failing, to live up to duty as a man (woman under his control).

Davis is wonderful, despite these themes. She was in love with "Bill" then. The writing is cute with cutting sophistication. I can't escape from all the clichés, stereotyping, and backward beliefs it promotes. Example: Plain folks have common sense to see through nonsense artsy types are tricked by. Although he wrote that Hollywood "needed to drop its vendetta against them", the best Mankiewicz manages to do in this film is not have gays kill themselves (i.e. the Children's Hour). It just shows that all that their "hearts"' desire is folly.
2017-09-21
Sharp, predatory, and bitchy - so a little hard to love
Bette Davis is so effortless and breathes fire in her performance as Margot, an aging actress who finds herself slowly and insidiously being usurped by a young fan, Eve, played by Anne Baxter. I don't think it's in a 'best ever' type of discussion, or worthy of its 14 Academy Award nominations, but its sharp dialog, predatory manipulation, and overall bitchiness make it entertaining, even if it's hard to like the characters.

There are some great lines here; in addition to the famous "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night", I loved it when Davis exclaimed "I'm not twenty-ish, I'm not thirty-ish. Three months ago I was forty years old. Forty. 4-0. That slipped out. I hadn't quite made up my mind to admit it. Now I suddenly feel as if I've taken all my clothes off." Davis herself was 42, and this line and others ring true. George Sanders (as Addison DeWitt) is also fantastic, at one point saying "You're an improbable person, Eve, and so am I. We have that in common. Also, a contempt for humanity, an inability to love and be loved, insatiable ambition, and talent. We deserve each other."

These quotes capture the spirit of the movie, which to me is simply about the difficulties that aging women face, and the cold and calculating world of the theater. There is supposedly a homosexual element, a theory put forth and apparently confirmed by writer and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, but it's so subtle, perhaps because of the Hays Code, that it didn't even register with me, and I think it's irrelevant. These characters are in the best cases rough around the edges, and in the worse, simply awful people. We see Margot being slowly replaced and want to feel sympathy for her, but it's tough because she's so abrasive. We see the evil side of Eve slowly unveil itself as it becomes apparent she's far from being a starstruck fan or even who she says she is. And at the end we see that she, too, will be replaced. It's all a bit grim: time, a machine that grinds them down, and competition for glory that leads to Machiavellian backstabbing. It's ironic that Davis was such a diva that there was discord amongst the actors, and Baxter pushing her way into a 'Best Actress' nomination instead of 'Best Supporting Actress' would lead to a division of the vote and neither of them winning. I was happy to see Marilyn Monroe in a small part at age 24 and before she was big, just to bring some lightness into the film. This is certainly a good movie, don't get me wrong, but it's not one I'd watch again and again as I would my favorites.
2017-02-27
All About Eve Review
Overall I think this movie was good. I think the plot kind of dragged on. Ten minutes felt like one hour and on top of it all, the film was very long…about two hours and twenty minutes long.

This was a very bright film; black and white.

One editing glitch I did notice was when the two ladies were sitting in the car waiting for the man to get help after the car after it stopped working. In one shot Margo is sitting up playing with the radio, then the next shot is of Karen, then it goes back to Margo. This time the camera angle was completely different than the original one. This was a very obvious mistake.

I love the end of the film when Eve gets called out on all her wrong doings. It completes the film.

I love how Margo grows up, gets married, and realizes that she doesn't need the younger kid, which she and Eve were fighting over, parts anymore.
2014-11-10
No wonder it won the Best Picture Oscar!
Each scene just flows seamlessly into the next - what a script! And what casting! IF I had been an Academy voter that year, it would have been tough - Bette Davis in this, or Gloria Swanson. Some great lines that live on and on. My only minor quibble - Birdie (the great GREAT Thelma Ritter!)( is never seen or mentioned again after the party scene - what happened?
2017-11-23
Oscar can't find another target to be given !
Unpredictable story, i never watch any other movie that have a genuinely original storyline before. Telling a way of life of actress, it consist of manipulation, ambition, and the fall. The ending really unpredictable, i never guess anything happen like eve will meet another even in her life. This movie is HONEST, i should say, there are no scenes that forced to be happy ending or sad ending. It tells audiences the truth.

The strength of it's storytelling supported by it's cast. Precious and marvelous acting by it's leading and supporting characters. I just realized after the end of movie, that this movie had no wasted characters, all cast were equal in skill of performances. Hard to differentiate which one is lead and which one is support. Judging by the acting of eve harrington in prologue, i never predict any manipulation or turn-down in his character after. Seriously, this actress can hide her emotion very well, she was a pure manipulator of her own.
2015-08-21
A Suggested Perspective
No need to recap the plot or echo consensus points. Instead I want to make a suggestion on how to take the story's crux. Generally the story holds up pretty well after six decades. In my book, that's because Eve (Baxter) amounts to a compelling portrait in perverse psychology, quite apart from a show-biz setting. Eve literally connives her way to the top of the Broadway heap by shrewdly separating an outer poor-little-me from an inner backstabbing-schemer. To me, her perverse character can unfortunately be found in many walks of life. Here her scheming makes good dramatic use of a competitive Broadway setting, but can also be found outside that high profile venue.

I agree with most of the positive remarks about the film. But I can also understand why some folks find the lack of action and snobbish setting off-putting. That's one reason I've emphasized that Eve represents a broader personality type rather than just a single movie character. So if you don't like the movie's context, you may still find Eve's personality type interesting-- the type whose inner person separates from the outer for purely selfish reasons, which Eve represents in spades
2016-09-12
Fasten your seat belts, this will be a turbulent ride!
ALL ABOUT EVE is a film that adorn the phenomenal acting, sharp dialogue and a superior "on the verge of taste" film satire.

On the other hand I see this film as brilliant packaging reproach addressed to the „High Society". Anyone who tries to fly high, often falls low. The essence of the story is in a relentless ambition where combustible absolutely all the characters in their own way. The director is probably long observed the atmosphere in the theater. All figures are in some way false charming, self-centered and perishable. In the film I liked female domination. Relationships based on intrigue, conflict and illusion are extremely popular.

Conflicts are brilliantly conceived and are full of ambition, pride, deceit and hypocrisy. Given the excellent and concise dialogues, everything seems so lively. All characters have a certain way emotionally hurt and punished.

I am simply thrilled with acting. Characterization is unbelievable. The characters in this film delight and terrified at the same time.

Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington is a female spider characterized by icy peace and ruthless ambition. Her network woven around prey and finally takes his place, and eventually it becomes the prey of larger predator. Bette Davis as Margo Channing is the most intriguing character in the film. Perfect acting, age, a sharp tongue and fierce ego. Bette Davis is an actress for this role. I enjoyed her performance. George Sanders as Addison DeWitt is walked poison. Character that in every sense pulling the strings. Sanders is always excellent in the role of classy villain. Gary Merrill as Bill Sampson is sensitive and promising because the character of a good heart and inability to tame the domineering „wife". Hugh Marlowe as Lloyd Richards is uncertain character who has more kindness than sense. Celeste Holm as Karen Richards is an attractive and well-meaning character. Maybe a bit naive. There are such women.

The young actress, an older actress, film critic, director, playwright, housewife ..... and Marilyn Monroe. Well, it's a completely different story.
2016-09-11
Great Movie
Great movie with rich dialog and acting. The movie was kind of predictable the way that it started. You know the outcome of the movie from the beginning and the curiosity will drag you down till the end to figure out how that happened.

This movie shows publicity and fame within theater and movie are the main nature that drives some actor and actress and they are willing to do what ever it takes to reach to the top using all people as a means to become celebrity.
2017-11-27
Delightful from start till finish
Greetings from Lithuania.

"All About Eve" (1950) is as much about Eve as it is about Margo. This is a very true to life story about behind the scenes of theater, and some stars are being born - i have no doubts that many of stories like this are very true. I was involved into this movie from the opening sentence till the very last end, which ends almost identical as it began - for some.

Acting and writing in "All About Eve" are mesmerizing. There isn't a dull performance or boring screenplay for a minute - it is a highly involving movie for it's all 2 h 17 min. I wasn't bored for a minute.

Overall, maybe "All About Eve" isn't as smart as i taught it would be, but this is a surely must see movie, a sure classic and a very delightful movie. Great film.
2016-09-08
Drama distilled
When I think of a great drama film, this is just about what comes to mind. A shy and naive theatre fan Eve (Anne Baxter) gets the chance of a lifetime to meet her idol, Margo Channing (Bette Davis). Through a few happy coincidences she ends up as Margo's assistant and proverbial lady-in-waiting. But slowly Margo starts to feel jealous towards this quiet and unassuming young lady with many hidden talents.

All About Eve is above all else a beautifully acted film. There's only about ten characters in the whole film, but the group's inner dynamics, frictions and squabbles make the two and a half film feel at least an hour shorter. That's how interesting, dynamic and engaging the story and the characters are. Baxter and Davis are both brilliant in their role, although I do like Margo's character arc a bit more. She starts out almost as a Disney villain, lounging on a divan and smirking at Eve's sweet urge to please. But slowly something shifts and you start looking at her with sympathetic eyes. Whereas with Eve the journey is almost backwards.

In general All About Eve is one of the better character studies I've seen in a while. To think that they manage to create two such complex women and make their individual journeys so fulfilling, believable and mutually supporting. Not to say the rest of the characters aren't good - they are - but this is clearly Baxter and Davis's show.

Not really anything more I'd like to say. It's such a good film that the only thing I can say is that you should see it.
2017-08-25
📹 All About Eve full movie HD download 1950 - Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Gregory Ratoff, Barbara Bates, Marilyn Monroe, Thelma Ritter, Walter Hampden, Randy Stuart, Craig Hill, Leland Harris, Barbara White - USA. 📀
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