Film: All About Eve

Opened: October 13, 1950

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter, Gregory Ratoff & Marilyn Monroe

A scandalous look into the backstage lives of theater personalities, All About Eve remains one of the best films there ever was.

Aging star Margo Channing (Bette Davis) takes young fan Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) under her wing. Eve at first seems devoted and nothing but helpful, but Margo and her friend Karen (Celeste Holm) begin to notice Eve’s changing intentions.

The dialogue in this film is sharp and full of delicious attacks both by the female and male characters. There are many weaves in this web and the cast play perfectly and convincingly off each other. At times you won’t be sure who to like.

By introducing a new variable into a group of tight-knit friends, relationships are tested. But there’s a strength in Margo and Karen that shows their support of each other.

Final say: Fasten your seatbelts. ★★★★★

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