All About Eve

All About Eve

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Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders

     
 

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Based on the story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, 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 (Bette Davis), weaving a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Taking pity on the girlSee more details below

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Overview

Based on the story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, 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 (Bette 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 Merill), Lloyd's wife Karen (Celeste Holm), and waspish critic Addison De Witt (George Sanders) to rise to the top of the theatrical heap. Also appearing in All About Eve is Marilyn Monroe, introduced by Addison De Witt as "a graduate of the Copacabana school of dramatic art." This is but one of the hundreds of unforgettable lines penned by writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the most famous of which is Margo Channing's lip-sneering admonition, "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night." All About Eve received 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
A skewering satire of the theatre world, All About Eve entertains while it eviscerates. This is a film that really does have 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 supporting cast, and costumes that further demonstrate that designer Edith Head did indeed give good wardrobe. The fact that All About Eve swept the 1950 Academy Awards speaks to all of these qualities, but a great deal of the film's historical and cinematic importance lies in its content. For years, Broadway had taken aim at Hollywood, and now the tables were turned with considerable venom. Mankiewicz's script summoned into existence a whole array of painfully recognizable theatre types, from the aging, egomaniacal grand dame to the outwardly docile, inwardly scheming ingenue to the powerful critic who reeks of malignant charm. The fact that the film succeeds in delivering such a wallop without descending into bitchy 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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2008
UPC:
0024543507321
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:18:00
Sales rank:
3,298

Special Features

Closed Caption; Disc 1: ; Commentary by actor Celeste Holm, Joseph Mankiewicz biographer Ken Geist and Christpher Mankiewicz; Commentary by author Sam Staggs; Isolated score track; ; Disc 2: ; Directed by Joseph L. Makiewicz featurette; Joseph L. Makiewicz: A Personal Journey featurette; The Real Eve featurette; The Secret of Sarah Siddons featurette; AMC Backstory: All About Eve; Fox Movietonews: Academy Awards Honor Best Film Achievements, Hollywood attends Gala Premier of All About Eve; Holiday Magazine Awards, Look Magazine Awards; Restoration comparison; Original theatrical trailer and more!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Margo Channing
Anne Baxter Eve Harrington
George Sanders Addison De Witt
Celeste Holm Karen Richards
Gary Merrill Bill Sampson
Hugh Marlowe Lloyd Richards
Thelma Ritter Birdie Coonan
Marilyn Monroe Miss Claudia Caswell
Gregory Ratoff Max Fabian
Barbara Bates Phoebe
Walter Hampden Aged Actor (Speaker at Dinner)
Randy Stuart Girl
Craig Hill Leading Man
Barbara White Autograph Seeker
William Pullen Clerk
Claude Stroud Pianist
Eugene Borden Frenchman
Helen Mowery Reporter
Steven Geray Captain of Waiters
Bess Flowers Well-Wisher
Ed Fisher Stage Manager

Technical Credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
George W. Davis Art Director
W.D. Flick Sound/Sound Designer
Gaston Glass Asst. Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Barbara McLean Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Ben Nye Makeup
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- All About Eve: Feature Film
1. Main Titles [1:04]
2. The Sarah Siddons Award [6:17]
3. Only Last October [2:22]
4. Meet Margo Channing [5:20]
5. How It Started [6:36]
6. What Is Theater? [3:13]
7. At the Airport [2:35]
8. Eve Moves In [4:07]
9. Midnight Caller [6:02]
10. Paranoiac Insecurity? [5:24]
11. Bill's Welcome Home Birthday Party [10:19]
12. The New Understudy [3:02]
13. A Breed Apart [2:47]
14. The Party's Over [3:31]
15. A Mass of Fire and Music [3:34]
16. Coming Unglued [9:25]
17. A Perfectly Harmless Joke [9:11]
18. Forward Pass [6:02]
19. Addison's Review [4:08]
20. Lloyd's Idea [3:25]
21. The Club Room [3:46]
22. A Simple Exchange of Favors [7:03]
23. "What's So Funny?" [3:22]
24. Footsteps On the Ceiling [4:16]
25. Killer to Killer [8:48]
26. A Night to Remember [5:18]
27. Phoebe [6:08]
28. End Titles [:49]

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