Wednesday, April 13, 2011


AFV's Top 100 Films of the past 100 years, edition 2007 listed ALL ABOUT EVE as #28.
I sat and watched this classic from 1950 on Netflix streaming.
It stars Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Thelma Ritter and Celeste Holm.  There is even a small part played by Marilyn Monroe.

All About Eve was nominated for 14 academy awards, a feat unmatched until 1997's Titanic. It is still the only film in Oscar History to receive 4 actress nominations.(Baxter and Davis for Best Actress and Ritter and Holm for supporting actress)

It won Best Picture 1950, best supporting actor, best black and white film costume design, best screenplay and writing, best director and best sound recording.

Davis plays Margo Channing, a successful, but aging theater star, currently starring in a successful play.
One night the playwrites wife, Karen(Holm), meets Eve (Baxter), a young girl claiming to be Margo's biggest fan. Karen brings Eve backstage to meet Margo, where Eve tells a sad tale and endears herself to the group.
Eve suddenly makes herself indespensible to Margo and becomes her assistant. During her time with Margo, she plots to become Margos understudy and steal her lover Bill.
Gradually Margo and her friends realize that Eve is really a conniving upstart, who wants to take over Margo's place in the world of theater and will do anything to get what she wants.

This movie gives us the great line "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night".

I really enjoyed this movie, it is witty and smart and full of drama, intrigue and double dirty dealings.
 Eve is a two faced wannabe, and you root for her just desserts and comeuppance.
You know she will eventually get what she deserves, and thats what makes it satisfying.
Here is how they used to do Trailers at the Movies:

Available on Netflix instant streaming, and usually can be found on TCM or AMC cable channels.


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