Thursday, March 01, 2007

Revisit: All About Eve

A 20th Century Fox Production 1950
Written & Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

An ambitious wannabe actress (Anne Baxter) gets close to the great, but aging stage artist Margo Channing (Bette Davis) in a devious and manipulative attempt to blackmail her way to star billing.

Winner of 6 Oscars, including Best Picture, All About Eve is an irrefutable classic, the kind of film that actually lives up to the rock solid reputation its developed over the years. Bette Davis gives an iconic performance, but the real treat here is George Sanders, who plays an arrogant theater critic in the only Oscar winning performance. His deep voice and accent make him such an entertaining hoity member of the bourgeoisies. It’s interesting how films about Broadway so often glorify the live stage while denouncing their own medium – forget about TV. Keep an eye out for a young Marilyn Monroe, with razor sharp wit and looking hot as always.

1 comment:

Palm Springs Savant said...

I love All About Eve...Bette at her finest! I just did a post on Classic Movie lines- of course a line from this made it. Stop by and say hi sometime.