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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Bette Davis
Anne Baxter.
Directors
Joseph L Mankiewicz.
Screenwriters
Running Time
138 minutes

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All About Eve
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Plot
Trading on the vanity and insecurity of ageing actress Margo Channing, Eve Harrington becomes her indispensable confidante in an attempt to launch her own bid for Broadway immortality


Review
All About Eve

All four female stars in this 1950 adaptation of Mary Orr’s short story were cited for Academy Awards, but it was writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz who landed a brace of Oscars for the showbiz bitchfest, with a flashback format resembling the one his brother Herman had devised for Citizen Kane nine years earlier.

The stinging bon mots occasionally sound handcrafted rather than raspingly spontaneous, but aspiring actress Anne Baxter’s rise to the top over the corpse of her supposed idol, Bette Davis, remains rousing and endlessly amusing. And the merciless demythologising of the tawdry trappings of fame is acutely relevant in these days of transient celebrity.


Verdict
Forget Foreman vs. Ali, this is Baxter vs. Davis in one of Hollywood's greatest showdowns.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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you forgot to mention Marilyn

billy wilder style drama amazing script performances and music not to mention a sexy funny cameo from Monroe ... More

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Posted by bill the butcher at 19:25, 14 October 2012 | Report This Post


Baxter vs. Davis? Awesome, dude.

There's no doubt about it, All About Eve equals perfection. An instant fucking classic. ... More

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Posted by nc_jj at 01:26, 11 April 2008 | Report This Post


RE: All About Eve

One of the bitchiest films in the history of the movies. Bette Davis was at the hight of her powers - it's arguably her best performance. Both George Sanders and Celeste Holm richly deserved their Oscars. Sanders is one of the great movie villains in this. And how Davis could have been passed over as best actress in favour of Judy Holliday, I will never know. 6 out of 5. ... More

Posted by siegfried at 00:22, 04 February 2008 | Report This Post


RE: Acid leaks from the Screen

This was on Film4 the other day and I missed it! I'll have to catch it again soon. ... More

Posted by Larry of Arabia at 13:02, 31 January 2008 | Report This Post


Acid leaks from the Screen

One of the great behind the scenes film about Showbiz, oozing with acid, gin, and anger.  Phenomenal performances all around and so realistic even for today. Davis was never better than as Margo. It's a shame Anne Baxter never really was able to show the potential she showed her again--being cast for her looks and stereotyped as the sexy bitch who chews up and spits out men. Dialogue is still as crisp as it was six decades ago. FILM CLASSIC ... More

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