All About Eve (Bilingual)
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From the moment she glimpses her idol at the stage door, Eve Harrington (ANN BAXTER) is determined to take the reins of power away from the great actress Margo Channing (BETTE DAVIS). Eve maneuvers her way into Margo's Broadway role, becomes a sensation and even causes turmoil in the lives of Margo's director boyfriend (GARY MERRILL), her playwright (HUGH MARLOWE) and his wife (CELESTE HOLM). Only the cynical drama critic (Oscar winner GEORGE SANDERS) sees through Eve, admiring her audacity and perfect pattern of deceit. THELMA RITTER and MARILYN MONROE co-star in this acclaimed classic, which won six Academy Awards and received the most nominations (14) in film history.
Showered with Oscars®, this wonderfully bitchy (and witty) comedy written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz concerns an aging theater star (Bette Davis) whose life is being supplanted by a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing ingenue (Anne Baxter) whom she helped. This is a film for a viewer to take in like a box of chocolates, packed with scene-for-scene delights that make the entire story even better than it really is. The film also gives deviously talented actors such as George Sanders and Thelma Ritter a chance to speak dazzling lines; Davis bites into her role and never lets go. A classic from Mankiewicz, a legendary screenwriter and the brilliant director of A Letter to Three Wives, The Barefoot Contessa, and Sleuth. --Tom Keogh
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Bette Davis is excellent of course, and the role fits her like a glove. But what transfixed me as a child was the contrast between the wholesome good looks of Anne Baxter and her sneaky treachery. Could someone so pretty be so bad? I may have wondered who I would have preferred for a mother, Davis or Baxter, and perhaps have come away not knowing. For Bette Davis the luster had gone from those famous eyes, and so it was only natural that her character Margo feared the loss of love from men. Even that I understood as a child. And in Baxter, youth would be served and perhaps she could be forgiven the lies because time does not stand still for anyone, especially it does not stand still for a starlet.
Every other member of the cast is first-rate. I always get a kick out of Marilyn Monroe's brief appearance as Miss Claudia Caswell, an aspiring actress whom De Witt identifies as "a graduate of the Copacabana school of dramatic art." I also thoroughly enjoy the generally under appreciated Thelma Ritter as Birdie Coonan, a character who possesses what Hemingway described so well as a "built-in, shock-proof crap detector." Of course, the most famous of many great lines is Channing's warning, "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night." She gradually realizes how vulnerable she has become to ambitious young actresses such as Eve who will do whatever it takes to achieve the status and stature which seem to be slipping from her grasp.
When I recently saw this film again, I appreciated more than I had in the past the essential decency of characters such as Karen Richards (Holm), Bill Sampson (Merrill), and Lloyd Richards (Marlowe).Read more ›
Disc 1 - All About Eve - 1950, B&W, 138 mins, full screen 1.33:1, languages: English stereo, English, French & Spanish mono, subtitles: English & Spanish, close captioned in Spanish & French, scene selection. Extras: 2 commentary tracks & an isolated score track
Disc 2 - Featurettes: Directed By Joseph L. Mankiewicz (25:58), Joseph L. Mankiewicz: A Personal Journey (25:56), The Real Eve (18:10), The Secret Of Sarah Siddons (7:07), AMC Backstory: All About Eve (24:24), vintage Bette Davis promotion (1:15), vintage Anne Baxter promotion (1:21), Fox Movietonews (4 segments), restoration comparison, theatrical trailer (3:07), interactive pressbook gallery, poster gallery & stll gallery
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Bette Davis stars has a stage actress who starts to feel threatened when a beautiful young actress named Eve shows up and starts becoming the Center of attention that normally... Read morePublished 6 months ago by K. D.
ALL ABOUT EVE  [Deluxe Limited Edition DigiBook] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Fasten Your Seat Belts! First Time on Blu-ray! It’s All about Women . . . and Their Men! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've read in Vanity Fair what was going on, on set when this great Betty movie was being made
Would to have been on set!
Excellent film, watching young woman scratch her way to the top no matter who she stomps on, especially her favorite actress.Published 9 months ago by Joeen Melchiorre
Clearly one of the best films of all time. Nominated for 14 Academy Awards and winning 6 including Best Picture and Director, a knockout of a movie with a stellar cast, crisp... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Derek G St John
One of my faves. I loved Bette Davis in this movie. In fact all of the cast. I also loved George SaundersPublished on Oct. 15 2013 by Barbara Charron
Well I got this movie new on Blu-ray and it was a great purchase and it is greatly restored and great story line, bette davis at her bestPublished on July 15 2013 by Sean
This review applies to All About Eve blu-ray (blu-ray cat# 2275161) obtained around April 2013.
I highly recommend this film for both men and women. Read more