All About Eve

"Essential"

All About Eve Review


I'd like to tell you that I checked this film out because it was nominated for the most Academy Awards in history (14 in 1950). I'd like to tell you that I checked out this film because it won Best Picture. I'd like to tell you that I checked out this film because I liked All About my Mother, which gets both namesake and partial plot structure from this film. But that's not why I checked out the film. I checked out the film because I am attempting to build an archive... starting with the letter "A." All About Eve was the first "A" film that the library had, and I figured it couldn't hurt.

I was pleasantly surprised.

All About Eve is a story about the theatre. The theatre of the 50s: when it was ultra-chic and a star on Broadway got as much national clout as Clark Gable. So, since the theatre in the 50s was like Hollywood, it isn't too far of a stretch to realize that theatre in the 50s had all of the great things that we associate with modern-day Hollywood: viscous columnists (George Sanders), arrogant stars (Bette Davis), eager, back-stabbing starlets (Anne Baxter), useless trophy wives (Celeste Holm), director-husbands (Gary Merrill), and writers who think they are God's gift to prose (Hugh Marlowe). Oh, yeah, and untalented actresses cast only for their looks (Marilyn Monroe).

In case any one was worried that this was the beginning of one of my high bad reviews, let me clarify that each actor or actress plays that type of character, I make no comment upon whether they actually were that type of character.

Oh, yeah, and Happy Birthday, Mr. President.

As a point of fact, I watched All About Eve with the same kind of sardonic pleasure that I watched The Player with. The film is filled with a nice dark humor that is rare for the I-Like-Ike decade of filmmaking. Normally, 50s films were sunny and bright, filled with either postwar jubilation or the works of hack horror directors such as Ed Wood. In the midst of the social pressures of its day, however, All About Eve retains a tremendous irony and darkness to the film that is just plain unexpected. It is the type of movie that you would never expect a studio to back, and this was back when the only quality independent film made was Citizen Kane.

All About Eve stands on its own two legs even if you remove the social consideration that I am giving it. The most impressive thing about it is not the era that it came out, but that fact that the film would easily turn a profit in a release today (not a re-release, but a release). It is a compelling and interesting picture that, like watching the TV series Action, makes you constantly marvel at the limbo bar that is show business.

All About Eve is timeless. It is one of the films that salivates with irony, and thus salivates with a great fun.



All About Eve

Facts and Figures

Run time: 138 mins

In Theaters: Monday 15th January 1951

Box Office Worldwide: $8.4M

Budget: $1.4M

Distributed by: 20th Century Fox

Production compaines: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Fresh: 58

IMDB: 8.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck

Starring: as Margo Channing, as Eve Harrington, as Addison DeWitt, as Karen Richards, as Bill Sampson, as Lloyd Richards, as Max Fabian, as Phoebe, as Miss Caswell, as Birdie Coonan, Walter Hampden as Aged Actor, Randy Stuart as Girl, Craig Hill as Leading Man, Leland Harris as Doorman, as Autograph Seeker, Bess Flowers as Awards ceremony guest who congratulates Anne Baxter

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Hampstead Movie Review

Hampstead Movie Review

Deliberately appealing to older audiences, this undemanding comedy-drama comes with a hint of social relevance...

The Book of Henry Movie Review

The Book of Henry Movie Review

Apparently, this offbeat script had been making the rounds in Hollywood for some 20 years...

Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review

Transformers: The Last Knight Movie Review

With this fifth Transformers movie, it seems clear that Michael Bay is still trying to...

Churchill Movie Review

Churchill Movie Review

This drama about the iconic British prime minister tells a darkly personal story set over...

Gifted Movie Review

Gifted Movie Review

This is one of those films that dances right up to the edge of soapy...

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Whitney: Can I Be Me Movie Review

Notorious British filmmaker Nick Broomfield teams up with Austrian music documentary producer Rudi Dolezal to...

The Mummy Movie Review

The Mummy Movie Review

To launch their new Dark Universe franchise, Universal has taken an approach that mixes murky...

Advertisement
My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

My Cousin Rachel Movie Review

Daphne du Maurier's 1951 mystery-romance novel has been adapted for theatre, radio, TV and film,...

Wilson Movie Review

Wilson Movie Review

It's never helpful when a comedy becomes a bit too smug about its own quirkiness....

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

Interlude in Prague Movie Review

A fictionalised story from the life of Wolfgang Mozart, this lavishly produced period drama is...

The Hippopotamus Movie Review

The Hippopotamus Movie Review

This British satirical comedy may be a bit of a mess, but since it's based...

Detour Movie Review

Detour Movie Review

This may look like a rather typical American indie thriller, but British filmmaker Christopher Smith...

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Wonder Woman Movie Review

Boldly optimistic, this action-packed adventure breathes fresh life into the DC universe with a welcome...

Baywatch Movie Review

Baywatch Movie Review

Clearly, it's a risky proposition adapting a cheesy vintage TV series for the big screen:...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.