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All About Eve
- Bette Davis

Overview - Given that she throws tantrums, gets intoxicated, and pushes people away when she needs them the most, it's a wonder New York theater star Margo Channing has any true friends. But when Eve Harrington, Margo's young and innocent-seeming protégée, schemes to gain both the affection of Margo's friends and a starring role originally written for Margo, the actress discovers just who is in her corner--and who is not.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Given that she throws tantrums, gets intoxicated, and pushes people away when she needs them the most, it's a wonder New York theater star Margo Channing has any true friends. But when Eve Harrington, Margo's young and innocent-seeming protégée, schemes to gain both the affection of Margo's friends and a starring role originally written for Margo, the actress discovers just who is in her corner--and who is not. Released in 1950, ALL ABOUT EVE's power radiates undimmed through the years. The role of aging stage star Margo Channing is considered by many to be the best of Bette Davis's career, as Davis reveals and conceals Margo's vulnerabilities with a skill seldom seen onscreen. Anne Baxter is also marvelous as the subtle Eve, whose glowing enthusiasm masks a cold, calculated ambition. Both actresses garnered Best Actress Oscar nominations, and the film in its entirety took 14 nominations, winning seven of them, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. George Sanders was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his biting portrayal of potent, nasty theater critic Addison DeWitt. Consistently listed among the best films of all time, director-writer Joseph L. Mankiewicz's ALL ABOUT EVE shouldn't be missed; the acting, writing, and directing are unequivocally brilliant.

Awards:
1950 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1950 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Recording Winner
1951 - Cannes - Jury Prize Winner
1951 - Cannes - Best Actress Winner
1950 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner
1950 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1950 - Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay Winner
1950 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design Winner

Cast List

Darryl F. Zanuck - Studio Head, Producer, Source Writer, Director
Darryl Francis Zanuck - Studio Head, Producer, Source Writer, Director
Joseph L. Mankiewicz - American director
Joseph Leo Mankiewicz - American director
George Davis
Alfred Newman - Composer/Conductor/D.1970
Eddie Fisher - Crooner, married Debbie Reynolds, Liz Taylor; Carrie's Dad
Edwin Jack Fisher - Crooner, married Debbie Reynolds, Liz Taylor; Carrie's Dad
Craig Hill - American Actor
Barbara Bates - American Actress
Steven Geray
Celeste Holm - Oscar-winning American actress; GENTLEMEN'S AGREEMENT
Anne Baxter - Oscar-winning actress, ALL ABOUT EVE
Thelma Ritter - American actress, PILLOW TALK, ALL ABOUT EVE
Walter M. Scott - American Set Decorator
Walter Hampden - American actor
Hugh Marlowe - American actor
John Marlowe - American actor
Eugene Borden
Gregory Ratoff - Director/Actor
Thomas Little
Edith Head - Oscar winning costume designer, THE STING
Ben Nye - Makeup Artist
Fred Sersen
Lyle Wheeler - Art Director
Lyle R. Wheeler - Art Director
Lyle Reynolds Wheeler - Art Director
George Sanders - Oscar-winning actor, ALL ABOUT EVE
Bette Davis - Oscar winning american actress, JEZEBEL, DANGEROUS
Ruth Elizabeth Davis - Oscar winning american actress, JEZEBEL, DANGEROUS
Randy Stuart - American actress
Marilyn Monroe - American actress, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
Norma Jean Mortenson - American actress, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
Gary Merrill - American actor, ALL ABOUT EVE
Barbara McLean - Editor, prestige pics for 20th Century Fox, late '30s-'50s
Milton R. Krasner - American Director Of Photography, GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN
Milton Krasner - American Director Of Photography, GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN
Charles LeMaire - Costume Designer/Wardrobe Director, mid '30s-late '50s

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 138
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 024543507321
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: December 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
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Synopsis:
An unforgettable, acerbic look behind the scenes of New York theater, ALL ABOUT EVE depicts the glory days, even as it reveals its denizens' naked ambition as they stand always-in-the-ready to topple the current talent and step into the limelight. Bette Davis mesmerizes as Margo Channing, leading dame of the New York stage until she is pushed aside by a fresh-faced fan who becomes her understudy, the duplicitous Eve (Anne Baxter). Eve's humble background and eager innocence fools all while she subtly digs in her claws, tearing Margo from her friends and colleagues as she desperately grasps her chance for stardom. Wit and sarcasm, though touched with pathos, reign supreme as the determined diva and diva-in-training duke it out. George Sanders as the viperish theater columnist is oily perfection, winning an Oscar for his portrayal. The film won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and Best Director and Best Screenplay prizes for director-writer Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Both Davis and Baxter were nominated for Best Actress Oscars for their superb performances.

Notes:
ALL ABOUT EVE is number 16 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies. ALL ABOUT EVE was nominated for a record-setting 14 Academy Awards; it won seven. ALL ABOUT EVE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1990.

Reviews:
"...One of Hollywood's ultimate valentines to the Great White Way --...a valentine laced with poison..." -- Rating: A - 05/12/1995 Entertainment Weekly, pp.68-70


"...Davis was a character, an icon with a grand style..." - 01/19/2001 Chicago Sun-Times, p.32


"...Line for quotable line, quite simply the best-written Hollywood movie ever..." - 01/24/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.80


"This acid-tongued grande dame of the theatah gave us our first glimpse of malignant narcissism and neediness run amok..." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.71


"[I]t's witty, literate, cruel, devastating." - 05/01/2005 Uncut, p.139


"It's hard to think of a more celebrated backstage drama in Hollywood history, and the script bristles with acerbic wit." - 04/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.86


5 stars out of 5 -- "[R]ousing and endlessly amusing....Acutely relevant in these days of transient celebrity." - 12/01/2007 Empire, p.93

 
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