All About Eve
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Based on the story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, All About Eve is an elegantly bitchy backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing (Bette Davis), weaving a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Taking pity on the girl, Margo takes Eve as her personal assistant. Before long, it becomes apparent that na´ve Eve is a Machiavellian conniver who cold-bloodedly uses Margo, her director Bill Sampson (Gary Merill), Lloyd's wife Karen (Celeste Holm), and waspish… More

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"Joseph Mankiewicz was Hollywood's midcentury master of comic drama, and All About Eve, from 1950, was one of his signal achievements."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"The Zanuck production investiture is plush in every department."
‑ Abel Green, Variety
"A classic movie, whose qualities remind us that there once was a Hollywood where such sophisticated treats could be made."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"Screenwriting students, you have your Bible. Movie lovers, you have a film that is impervious to the rigors of time, not to mention an inspiration for every prime-time soap opera."
‑ Pete Croatto,
"All About Eve looks into Broadway's artichoke heart to ring an early death knell for classic Hollywood."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"What makes the picture seem so good (what makes it eminently worth seeing) is the satirical touches in its detail and the performance of Bette Davis."
‑ Robert Hatch, The New Republic
"[Features] more quotable dialogue in one movie than most screenwriters manage in a lifetime."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"All About Eve is deliciously fun to watch with characters playing versions of themselves (most noticeably Bette Davis) and being quite introspective for its day."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Mankiewicz's inside knowledge of show business and its particular personality types gives the film an authenticity and allows for its famously devastating acid wit. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Along with films such as Luis Bu˝uel's "Los Olvidados" and Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard," Joseph Mankiewicz's "All About Eve" made 1950 one of the most seminal years in cinema history."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It crackles with smart, smarting dialogue."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The hoped-for tone of Restoration comedy never quite materializes, perhaps because Mankiewicz's cynicism is only skin-deep, but the film's tinny brilliance still pleases."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Bette Davis is fabulous in this role."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"In our celebrity-obsessed culture, it's possible that All About Eve is more important than ever. Scratch that. How about it's more entertaining than ever?"
‑ Ross Ruediger,
"Classic movie about an ambitious woman."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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