All About Eve (PG) - 1950 - Runtime: 138 minutes
Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Marilyn Monroe
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
I really wanted to check this one out after I heard that this picture beat out Sunset Blvd., a movie that deals with very similar topics. I really loved that movie and I thought this one would be good, if not better. Well, I was right for the most part. I'm still debating as to which one is the better movie, but All About Eve is a fantastic movie about Hollywood and fame and the desperate road some take to get there.
During an award ceremony for the theater, Margo Channing (Bette Davis) narrates most bitterly about the event's biggest winner: Eve Harrington. Thus, a flashback occurs a year before that shows us how we got to that point. Eve starts out as a simple, inspired, but ambitious fan of Margo and becomes her new assistant. But there's more to her desires than just playing secretary to the most beloved stage actress of her time and it soon becomes apparent to Margo that Eve plans to upstage her. It's a great story about a rising and fading star and the turmoil it brings about. Bette Davis is pitch perfect as Margo and her sardonic attitude towards Eve is hilarious and somewhat tragic. Anne Baxter does well - she's every bit as deceiving throughout. The movie deserves all the accolades and it's a great story that has such a perfect ending that I won't spoil here.
It's a great movie and worth checking out. I don't really love movies about this subject, but when they're done well, they really are perfect. And All About Eve is no exception!
Rating: Rent It!