|Bette Davis as Margo Channing|
|Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington|
|George Sanders as Addison DeWitt|
|Celeste Holm as Karen Richards|
|Gary Merrill as Bill Sampson|
|Thelma Ritter as Birdie Coonan|
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS FILM:
What do Valley of the Dolls, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Kitten With A Whip, and All About Eve have in common? (Insert joke here.) Answer: They are, without a doubt, the most quotable movies ever made. Anyone who's a fan of All About Eve has his favorite quotes. Here are just a few of mine:
|Marilyn Monroe as the hapless bombshell, Miss Casswell. |
A graduate of The Copacabana School of Dramatic Art.
Part of Margo's intelligence lies in her lack of illusions about herself. She knows she's an aging actress in a business preoccupied with youth, but she's terrified of inhabiting a world which requires nothing more of her than just to be "herself'." The problem: after a lifetime of play-acting on the stage, Margo isn't quite sure who that is.
|"I wouldn't want you to marry me just to prove something."|
Life imitating art. Older Bette Davis and younger Gary Merrill fell in love
during the filming of All About Eve.
THE STUFF OF FANTASY
As much as I delight in All About Eve’s lively dialog, I’m quick to admit that the film is at times too clever for its own good. All that sophisticated repartee has a way of distancing me from the characters and keeping me at a remove from the drama at hand. Still, it’s no small feat the way in which the film so thoroughly succeeds in pulling off the kind of witty wordplay and bitchy sarcasm it so readily scarifies audience engagement to achieve. Indeed, a recent viewing of 1973's The Last of Sheila (screenplay by Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim) points out how hard on the ears failed attempts at biting, sophisticated bitchiness can be.
|Eve Harrington is about to find out why it's not a good idea to laugh at Addison DeWitt|
are two films steeped heavily in cultural overexposure and camp sensibilities, yet they have something about them that still makes watching them a touching, poignant experience after all these years.
|The coveted Sarah Siddons Award|
Suitable for placement where a heart ought to be.