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Plot: Eve (Anne Baxter) is waiting backstage to meet her idol, aging Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). It seems innocent enough as Eve explains that she has seen Margo in EVERY performance of her current play. Only playwright/critic DeWitt (George Sanders) sees through Eve's evil plan, which is… Runtime: 138 min Release Date: 27 Oct 1950
What a genius Joseph L Manckiewicz was. A literary script that is totally accessible. A melodrama for the thinking man. A film that is as engrossing and entertaining every time you see it. Bette Davis touches all the raw nerves of her mythological career. Anne Baxter never went this far. Thelma Ritter became a sort of icon. Marilyn Monroe gives us a preview of forthcoming attractions as a graduated from the "Copacabana" academy of dramatic arts. Celeste Holm represents us, all of us and George Sanders creates a prototype for a cultured monster that is immediately recognizable. I <more>
don't recall another film in which the nature of selfishness is so wittily dissected. A total triumph.
A Magnificent Timeless Tale of Ambition, Manipulation and Betrayal - Certainly One of the Best Classics Ever (by claudio_carvalho)
The ambitious Eve Harrington Anne Baxter gets close to the great and temperamental stage artist Margo Channing Bette Davis and her friends Karen Richards Celeste Holm and her husband, the play-writer Lloyd Richards Hugh Marlowe ; her boyfriend and director Bill Sampson Gary Marrow ; and the producer Max Fabian Gregory Ratoff . Everybody, except the cynical critic Addison DeWitt George Sanders , believe that Eve is only a naive, humble and simple obsessed fan of Margo and they try to help her. However, Eve is indeed a cynical and manipulative snake that uses the lives of Margo and <more>
her friends to reach her objectives in the theater business."All About Eve" is a magnificent timeless tale of ambition, manipulation and betrayal, and certainly one of the best classics ever. Everything perfectly works in this movie: the direction is very precise and tight; dialogs are very acid and intelligent; Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders and Celeste Holm have awesome performances in very powerful characters; the dramatic story is amazingly good, showing what an evil person can plot to reach fame and success. I believe this movie will always be among my ten favorite movies ever. My vote is ten.Title Brazil : "A Malvada" "The Wicked"
It's going to be a BETTE night.... (by cubertfilm-1)
All About Eve is an excellent film in every aspect. The 14 Oscar nominations, and six wins, testify to this. For 47 years EVE held the record for most nominations -- in 1997 Titanic matched the 14 nominations. Bette Davis was awarded the New York Critics Award once in her 58 year career -- and it was for this film. Marilyn Monroe, Thelma Ritter and Celeste Holms gave terrific supporting performances while Anne Baxter kept up with the great Bette every frame of the way. It was Bette's eighth nomination, and sixth loss; Judy Holiday won for Born Yesterday, beating two legends -- Gloria <more>
Swanson was also nominated that year for Sunset Blvd. All About Eve was the first film to be released after Bette ended her 18 years with Warner Brothers. For a moment she was back on top of the world, only to find disappointment throughout the 50's with choices and offerings in Hollywood. The writing by Mankiewicz and supporting performance by George Saunders would alone make the film worth viewing -- A NEAR PEFECT FILM!
I had read comments about the quality of the writing in this film but I really had no idea to what extent this would elevate the experience. The fact is, it leaves me with no other choice than to give it a perfect 10. Unless you see this film, I don't think you'll have the necessary frame of reference with which to to base any expectations on. It's an incredibly engrossing, moving and often comedic experience, but time and time again what knocks you over is the absolute finesse with which this script was crafted. The fact that the acting and direction are flawless and surprisingly <more>
natural-seeming most old movies usually seem stiff or people seem to "act" too much only enhances it that much more. With this film, you can really imagine the *people* the actors are portraying."All About Eve" shows some similarity to one of my other favourite 50s films "A Face in the Crowd". 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. Both have themes that are perhaps even more resonant in our celebrity-obsessed culture now than when they were made. Interestingly, Eve predates A Face by several years.And possibly most interesting of all is the honest and often raw way in which women are portrayed, the strength of their character and the power they wield. The male contingent is practically relegated to the back seat. One might be hard pressed to find a movie quite so "liberated" today. So what more can I say? If you love movies and you haven't yet seen it, you've suffered long enough; don't wait another day.
What a movie! It's the cinematic ideal, the standard by which subsequent films are judged, at least in terms of acting and dialogue. Maybe the camera, which does nothing but sit there as the actors act, could have been made a little less static. But the story screams stage play, which implies lots of talk and not much "action". The film doesn't pretend to do all things. But what it does do, it does extremely well.As Margo, Bette Davis gives what I would consider one of the best performances, if not the best performance, in any film I have ever seen. She truly becomes Margo, <more>
that "fixture of the theater", so beloved yet so insecure. And as Eve, "the mousy one, with the trench coat and the funny hat", breathy Anne Baxter proves adept at subtleties that allow her character to change gradually over time.Then there's George Sanders who effortlessly slips into the role of witty, urbane, pompous Addison DeWitt, columnist magnifico, a man whose high opinion of himself allows him to declare to us, as viewers, that he is "essential to the theater". Celeste Holm and reliable Thelma Ritter give topnotch performances as well.And the Mankiewicz script, which tells the story of a group of theater people, is heavy on dialogue, but it's totally believable, as characters talk shop and interrelate, by means of suitable verbal conflict and subtle subtext. Even more than that, the dialogue is witty and clever, with tons of theatrical metaphors, like when Bill Gary Merrill angrily tells Margo: "And to intimate anything else doesn't spell jealousy to me, it spells a paranoid insecurity that you should be ashamed of." To which Margo just as angrily spits out: "Cut, print it, what happens in the next reel? Do I get dragged off screaming to the snake pits?"One of my favorite scenes has several people sitting on a stairway at a party. A curvaceous but bird-brained Miss Casswell Marilyn Monroe , "from the Copacabana school of acting", desires another drink. "Oh waiter!", she yells out. Addison schools her: "That isn't a waiter, my dear; that's a butler." To which she fires back: "Well I can't yell 'Oh butler', can I? Maybe somebody's name is Butler". Addison then concedes: "You have a point, an idiotic one, but a point."I'm not sure I really like the characters in this film. Generally, they're self-absorbed, vain, haughty, and backbiting. They're not all that likable. And that would be my only serious complaint.Otherwise, "All About Eve" is a film that excels at great language and great acting. If ever there was a film that deserves the status of "classic", this is surely it.
"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 <more>
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.
Spoilers herein.I admit, I find the story of the Mankiewicz brothers to be one of the most interesting in all filmdom. Part of the allure is their experimentation in narrative perspectives and the nature of fabrication.Here, the fabrication is extra sweetly dimensional. We have a movie about movies, actresses portraying actresses with resonances among all these four elements.And we have the character who fabricates a character Eve , who incidentally is as much a written object as the characters of the movie are. And of course she believes otherwise just as Bette's character does and, we <more>
presume Bette herself did .The writing is pure genius, aided presumably by psychotropics as was the later 'Cleopatra,' which was begun with similar aspirations. I found the acting superficial, but again that's part of the fun I guess.Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.
The good, the bad and the ugly concerning "All About Eve." (by mauricebarringer)
I am a major film junkie and have been amused by the variety of comments and the wit of the blokes and birds reviewing "All About Eve." I do feel that this film is quite good but also over-rated. I would give it a 7.75 out of 10.The good:1. Outstanding performances, especially Bette Davis, George Sanders and the under-rated Celeste Holm2. A witty and erudite screenplay3. outstanding direction4. A rich and in depth character study 5. An excellent blend of comedy and dramaThe bad:1. Anne Baxter gave a stilted, and affected performance2. Eve Harrington's ability to fool these <more>
sophisticated show business people so quickly and so convincingly was unbelievable.3. The theater crowd surrounding Margo Channing accepted Eve Harrington without any questions or reluctance immediately and without reservation.4. The playwright and his wife seemed to have a real solid marriage. It was improbable that he would leave his wife for Eve.5. Gary Merrill, whom I like as an actor, was about as over-the-top in his acting style as one can get in the opening scenes. He was gesturing as if he were Peter Finch's character in "Network."6. The ending was not believable when the young actress was about to repeat the cycle using Eve this time.The ugly * All of the smoking on screen gave me a psychosomatic asthma attack.
Jon Monsarrat review: still excellent (by johnnymonsarrat)
All About Eve is dated in its appearance but it couldn't be more modern in its treatment of human nature. People haven't changed. A classic? Yes but not in the top 100 films of all time. The acting was good but I wasn't overpowered by any scene. I didn't sense romantic chemistry between the various couples, for example, and didn't buy it when the characters managed to forgive each other after each outburst. I found that the narration was unnecessary. Everything that happens on stage is hidden from the viewer... we hardly get a feeling that we're in the theater <more>
business, so rarely do we see theatergoers. And on a totally wild note, does anyone besides me think that Anne Baxter looks like Kathleen Turner?Despite these minor flaws, the pacing was good, the story captivating, and there's a great ending.Who should see this film:-- Anyone curious about classics but worried about being bored, this one's safe. Note, however, that it's in black and white.-- Theater vixens fighting their way to the top. And see "Working Girl" and "Heartbreakers" too.I believe that old films should be rated for how they play today, not originally. But All About Eve still packs a punch. I'll give it an 8 out of 10.