All About Eve (1950): A Great Films mini-review



All About Eve Movie Poster

Trailer:

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Director:

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Synopsis:

An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

My mini-review:

An outstanding piece of cinema and without a doubt the b*tchiest movie ever made! The performances all around are simply perfect and top notch. All About Eve has aged magnificently and hasn’t lost any of its wit and sharpness. Bette Davis and Anne Baxter deliver terrific performances as the aging actress and her protege. I just cannot describe how fantastic the dialogue in this film is. It is filled with energy and wit that makes the movie move forward with ease. Simply put, one of cinema’s greatest achievements.

Favorite scenes: (Spoiler Alert!)

  • Opening scene at the awards ceremony
  • Innocent and naive Eve enters Margo’s life and inner circle
  • Eve’s intentions become clear
  • Margo retaliates
  • “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” scene

Outstanding performances:

  • Bette Davis (as Margo)
  • Anne Baxter (as Eve)

Runtime:

2 hour and 18 minutes

Rating:

PG

Genres:

Drama