All About Eve

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In 1950, the movies recognised stardom as a pathological disorder. Exhibit A was ‘Sunset Blvd’, exhibit B ‘All About Eve’. Set in the Broadway jungle rather than among the ‘sun-burnt eager beavers’ of Hollywood, Joseph L Mankiewicz’s film dissects the narcissism and hypocrisy of the spotlight as sharply as Wilder’s, but pays equal attention to the challenges of enacting womanhood. ‘All About My Mother’ (not to mention ‘Showgirls’) would be unimaginable without it. Anne Baxter is Eve Harrington, the wide-eyed stage-door hanger-on who insinuates her way into the world of Bette Davis’ sacred monster, Margo Channing; butter-might-just-melt meets gin-hold-the-tonic. The fan who makes an audience of the stars, Eve is soon attracting her own admirers, as well as barbs worthy of Mankiewicz’s ’30s newsroom pedigree. Edith Head’s costumes stress the antagonism: Eve enters in a sexy-modest trenchcoat-and-trilby combo, and could anyone but Davis pull off a ball gown with pockets? Meanwhile, the real threat – Marilyn Monroe – sits at the party’s edge, shining, angling for another drink.

Release details

Rated: U
Release date: Friday November 30 2007
Duration: 138 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Screenwriter: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Cast: Bette Davis
Anne Baxter
George Sanders
Celeste Holm
Thelma Ritter
Marilyn Monroe
Gary Merrill
Hugh Marlowe
Gregory Ratoff
Barbara Bates
Walter Hampden

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Ram Dolom

Sufficiently realized to be profound, this movie plays deliciously on the pregnant interplay of life and pretend as performed by, in, and for the theater.

Ram Dolom

Sufficiently realized to be profound, this movie plays deliciously on the pregnant interplay of life and pretend as performed by, in, and for the theater.

Joe Hoare

Probably the best script ever to come out of Hollywood, the dialogue crackles and the actors obviously are relishing it. All About Eve increases our understanding of human nature (particularly many people's narcissistic preoccupation with 'stardom' and 'celebrity'). Not many fims unveil layers of truth like this one...still great after all these years....

Joe Hoare

Probably the best script ever to come out of Hollywood, the dialogue crackles and the actors obviously are relishing it. All About Eve increases our understanding of human nature (particularly many people's narcissistic preoccupation with 'stardom' and 'celebrity'). Not many fims unveil layers of truth like this one...still great after all these years....

Rob Keeling

quite possibly the best film i've seen this year. stands head and shoulders above current releases

Rob Keeling

quite possibly the best film i've seen this year. stands head and shoulders above current releases