Monday, March 21, 2011

All About Eve

Even though most of my movie watching consists of classics, there are some that have eluded me.

All About Eve is one of them. It' revolves around theater hopeful Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) and stage legend Margo Channing (Bette Davis). Eve first helps Margo, then seeks out to get Margo out of her spotlight.

This was my introduction to Davis and really, what better introduction to her than All About Eve? I love how she can be glamorous and bitchy at the same time. A lot of people say this has Davis' best work as an actress. For now, I agree with them.

My God, Baxter is so cold as Eve. I was grateful when De Witt slapped her. Hey, she was asking for it. But apart from the reveal of Eve's true nature, Baxter has us sympathizing for her during the first half.

What's left to say about a movie that has been talked about so much already? Well, not much, so I'll just go with the obvious. Every actor was right for their part, the screenplay (which rightfully earned its Oscar) is full of witty comments and snapping remarks, and the movie itself is very well done. Oh, and I just adore that final shot.

My Rating: *****


  1. This is one of those films that I must re-watch every time it's on television!

    I'm over the moon in love with George Sanders and boy does he make a perfect meddler and instigator as DeWitt.

    I'm just getting my fiancée into watching old films and this was one of the first on our list to watch together and he LOVED it! He became a huge fan of George Sanders after watching this and now when he's tired and sounds just like George Sanders (he's British) he gets what I'm talking about!
    From G Marshall to Celeste Holm this film was perfectly cast!

    My favorite scene is in the restaurant when Bette is sitting with Sanders and mad as a hornet then she bites into that onion.

    Okay, I'll stop now before I recap it scene by scene. : )

  2. Gosh I love this movie. I should really watch it again some time. This was also my introduction to Bette Davis. I really don't think she got any better than this!

  3. I was so impressed with this film. It really was a great surprise! I had not seen it until recently either and will be recommending it enthusiastically in future.


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