Fathom Events/TCM screening of ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) at my favorite local theater.
Every time I watch this movie it hits me anew how truly great it is. Every inch of it is perfection; the performances, the Joseph L. Mankiewicz dialogue -- and that fabulous Edith Head party dress! -- remain fresh and interesting after multiple viewings. I had a thoroughly grand time revisiting it today.
I especially like Margo and Bill's (Gary Merrill) mature, adult relationship, which doesn't feel quite like other screen romances of the era. Merrill's unhesitating turn-down of Eve's come-on, plus his dash to Margo's side after Addison's nasty article, both make him a true hero in my book.
Merrill and Davis married the year this film was released, but sadly they split after a decade of marriage.
Add in a cast with Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter, Hugh Marlowe, Marilyn Monroe, and Oscar-winning George Sanders, all at the top of their games, and you've got a slice of movie heaven.
I wrote about the movie very briefly back in 2006, just a few months after this blog started up. There weren't any illustrations to that post, so I thought I'd share a gallery of stills tonight to celebrate this marvelous film.
ALL ABOUT EVE is most highly recommended. It's available on DVD, Blu-ray, VHS, and Amazon Instant Video.