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All About Eve (1950)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1950

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138 min – PG – view video trailer

Director: Joseph Mankiewicz
Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders

Genres: Drama

IMDB 8.4 / Amazon 4.8 / MRQE 93% / Zagat 28

Oscars: nominated for 14, won 6, including Best Picture, Actor, Director, Sound, Writing and Costume Design

Ranked #18 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie, included in 23 of 37 lists of Greatest Movies

An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. IMDB 8.4 rating from over 46,560 users

Zagat summary snippet: Fasten your seatbelts – the ladies lunch on each other in this scalding, wickedly funny look at the vicious world of showbiz. Davis is electrifying as the fading star, opposite a strong Baxter as the rising one. Both are indebted to Mankiewicz’s perfect script and a catty catalog of sharp-tongued dialoge that puts today’s scenarios to shame. Zagat Ratings: Overall 28 / Acting 29 / Story 27 / Production 26 / Total 110

Showered with Oscars, this wonderfully bitchy (and witty) comedy written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz concerns an aging theater star (Bette Davis) whose life is being supplanted by a wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing ingenue (Anne Baxter) whom she helped. This is a film for a viewer to take in like a box of chocolates, packed with scene-for-scene delights that make the entire story even better than it really is. Amazon 4.8 stars from over 288 users

This movie, with one of the most literate scripts ever written (by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also directed) is not just the finest backstage drama ever filmed, but also a compelling parable of ambition and loyalty. Bette Davis is brilliant as Margo, bringing both the ferocity and the vulnerability of Margo to life. No one can forget her at the beginning of her party: “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.” BeliefNet grade: A+ with content advisory: no profanity, no nudity/sex, no violence/scariness, some alcohol social drinking

MRQE 93% rating with over 67 reviews linked

Notes: Marilyn Monroe has one of her earliest movie roles in this film as Miss Casswell

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