Saturday, April 16 at 8:15PM
"All About Eve" Starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, George Sanders, Gary Merrill. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. 1950, 138mins., B&W. In 35mm.
Quick View: A skewering satire of the theatre world, “All About Eve” entertains as it eviscerates. This is a film that truly has it all: Joseph L. Mankiewicz's sure-handed direction and gloriously poisonous screenplay, celluloid diva Bette Davis at her disdainful best, uniformly excellent performances from the entire cast, and terrific wardrobe designs by the legendary Edith Head.
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More: “All About Eve” is an elegantly bitchy backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing (Davis), weaving a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Taking pity on the girl, Margo takes Eve as her personal assistant. Before long, it becomes apparent that naïve Eve is a Machiavellian conniver who cold-bloodedly uses Margo, her director Bill Sampson (Gary Merrill), Margo’s friend Karen (Celeste Holm), and suavely snide critic Addison De Witt (George Sanders) as stepping stones to climb – or more accurately, claw – her way to the top of the theatrical heap. Also appearing in “All About Eve” is a young Marilyn Monroe, introduced by De Witt as "a graduate of the Copacabana school of dramatic art." This is but one of the many unforgettable lines penned by writer/director Mankiewicz, the most famous of which is Davis’ lip-sneering admonition, "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
Beyond its fine performances, tight script and direction, and stunning wardrobe, the film's historical and cinematic importance also lies in its content. For years, Broadway had taken aim at Hollywood, but “All About Eve” turned the tables with considerable venom. Mankiewicz’s script summoned into existence a whole array of painfully recognizable theatre types, from the aging, ego-maniacal grand dame to the outwardly docile, inwardly scheming ingénue to the powerful critic who oozes malignant charm. The fact that the film succeeds in delivering such a wallop without descending into tirade makes it an enduring testament to the powers of elegant satire, further proof that there is no more dangerous combination than wit and a typewriter (or, if you prefer, word processor). “All About Eve” received six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
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