All About Eve

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Twentieth Century Fox Released 1950

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Director:
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Released:
1950
Rating:
Not rated

All About Eve is the classic 1950 backstage drama that won six Academy Awards for its sharp and witty take of Broadway stardom. Narrated by acerbic theater critic Addison DeWitt, the film tells the story of how Eve Harrington became the toast of New York. For many years, Margo Channing has been the most celebrated actress on the Great White Way. At the encouragement of her best friend, Karen, Margo takes in humble, star-struck Eve as a personal assistant after she spends every night waiting outside the stage door. Eve worms her way into every aspect of Margo's life including her fiance'', Bill, and favorite playwright, Lloyd Richards. The ambitious Eve manages to replace Margo but not without paying a price. Director and screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz beautifully combines high comedy and dark drama in this much-quoted black and white film. As Margo remarks during the film, "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie's strength and weakness is Anne Baxter, whose Eve lacks the presence to be a plausible rival to Margo, but is convincing as the scheming fan. When Eve understudies for Ma...

  • 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    All About Eve possesses one of the best screenplays ever to grace the silver screen. It also has one of the best performances by an actress in the history of Hollywood features.

  • 100

    Empire David Parkinson

    The stinging bon mots occasionally sound handcrafted rather than raspingly spontaneous, but aspiring actress Anne Baxter's rise to the top over the corpse of her supposed idol, Bet...

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Comedy, Drama

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Dark Comedy, Classics, Showbiz