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All about "All about Eve": The Complete Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Bitchest Film Ever Made

by Sam Staggs
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'Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night.' But before 'All About Eve' was a tag line it was just an excellent film. This sophisticated backstage story about a shy newcomer who eventually upstages her mentor, a mature leading lady, was nominated for 14 Oscars, won 6, played neighborhood theaters for months, became a staple on TV, (not to mention Bette Davis' witty lines grist for a thousand female impersonators), and of course formed the inspiration for the Broadway musical 'Applause.' Sam Staggs takes us there, from the writing of the screenplay, the casting, the filming, publicity, reception, Oscar buildup, the post-'Eve' careers of the actors and actresses, the creation of 'Applause' the musical, and (quite fittingly) as a climax we get to meet the real inspiration for the Eve character--judge for yourself how much difference there is between reality and celluloid. About the only complaint I have is that this book runs well over 300 pages. But I would rather have too much than not enough, so I don't consider that a real liability. This is a truly enjoyable book about a classic movie that is now 50 years old, and so much of this book would be impossible to research just a few years in the future. Buy the tape or DVD, and then buy All About 'All About Eve.'