Saturday, April 29, 2006

Tonight's Movie: All About Eve (1950)

I watch this film every few years, and even with repeat viewings it never grows old, over half a century since it won the Academy Award for Best Picture, as well as Oscars for Joseph L. Mankiewicz as Best Director and Writer.

ALL ABOUT EVE has it all: razor-sharp dialogue, pristine black and white cinematography, and a dream cast, including George Sanders (Best Supporting Actor), Celeste Holm, Anne Baxter, Marilyn Monroe, Gary Merrill, Thelma Ritter, and, of course, Bette Davis. When Davis, in her amazing Edith Head gown, says, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night," it's movie magic.

Tom Keogh writes in a review at Amazon: "This is a film for a viewer to take in like a box of chocolates, packed with scene-for-scene delights..." If you haven't caught up with this film yet, you're in for a treat.

ALL ABOUT EVE is available as an extras-laden DVD, No. 1 in the terrific Fox Studio Classics series. Bonus features include two separate commentary tracks (one with Celeste Holm) and an AMC BACKSTORY documentary on the movie.

For more information, ALL ABOUT ALL ABOUT EVE by Sam Staggs is an exhaustive chronicle of the making of the film.

March 2017 Update: All About Eve (1950) - A Photo Gallery.


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