All About Eve [Blu-ray]
Tagline – It’s all about women… and their men!
Starring – Bette Davis (Margo Channing), Anne Baxter (Eve Harrington), George Sanders (Addison Dewitt), Celeste Holm (Karen Richards), Gary Merrill (Bill Simpson), Hugh Marlowe (Lloyd Richards), Thelma Ritter (Birdie).
Released – October, 1950
Directed By – Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Produced By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Distributed By – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Description – A classic behind-the-scenes look into the world of New York theater. Ambition and betrayal are the order of the day as aspiring actress Eve Harrington worms her way into the life of aging star Margo Channing.
Hired by Margo, as her personnal assistant, Eve soon begins to work her underhanded scheming to take advantage of Margo, her husband, and her friends, in an effort to make herself a top Broadway star. There are no limits to what Eve is capable of… including blackmail.
NOTABLE: Universally praised, All About Eve received fourteen Academy Award nominations winning six. Oscars won include Best Picture, Best Director (Mankiewicz), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (George Sanders), Best Writing, Screenplay, Best Costume Design, Black and White, Best Sound, Recording. The other nominations were Best Actress in a Leading Role (Davis and Baxter), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Holm and Ritter), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, and Best Music.
In 1990, All About Eve was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
In 2007, All About Eve was ranked #28 on the American Film Institutes list of the 100 Best American Movies of All Time.
In 2003, the character of Eve Harrington was ranked #23 on AFI’s list of 50 Best Villains of American Cinema.
Contrary to popular belief, the role of Margo Channing was not based on Tallulah Bankhead.
Bette Davis credited this role with saving her career. When speaking of Director Mankiewicz in a later interview she stated, “He resurrected me from the dead.”
Previously considered only suited for comedy, Marilyn Monroe had one of her first dramatic roles in this film.
Personal Comment: Easily one of the greatest Hollywood film classics of any era. A great screenplay, great directing, great dialogue, and a great cast. This film should be mandatory viewing for all film makers.
A must-see film!