Aspiring actress Eve Harrington maneuvers her way into the lives of Broadway star Margo Channing, playwright Lloyd Richards and director Bill Sampson. This classic story of ambition and betrayal has become part of American folklore. Bette Davis claims to have based her character on the persona of film actress Talullah Bankhead. Davis’ line “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night” is legendary, but, in fact, all of the film’s dialog sparkles with equal brilliance. —IMDb
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA’s American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount productions in Hollywood, most of them Jack Oakie vehicles. Still in his 20s, he produced first-class MGM films, including The Philadelphia Story (1940). Having left Metro after a dispute with studio chief Louis B. Mayer over Judy Garland, he then worked for Darryl F. Zanuck at 20th Century-Fox, producing The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), when Ernst Lubitsch’s illness first brought him to the director’s chair for Dragonwyck (1946). Mankiewicz directed 20 films in a 26-year period, successfully attempted every kind of movie from Shakespeare adaptation to western, from urban sociological drama to musical, from epic film with thousands of extras to a two-character picture. A Letter to Three Wives (1949… read more
Nothing short of a goddamned masterpiece. Wonderfully acted and astonishingly written. The charmingly caustic dialogue alone is worth the watch. Despite the amazing performances by all involved, Bette Davis stole the show. For all of Marilyn Monroe's 2 minutes of screen time she was delicious -- almost as satisfying as that highly anticipated moment where justice is finally served. A chick flick with balls.
All about Eve, which swept away the Academy Awards in 1950, is the story about two actresses (in different senses) who can no longer differentiate between theater and reality. Eve Harrington (Anne… read review
Mesmo tendo triunfado sobre o imorredouro Crepúsculo dos Deuses na pomposa festa do Oscar, este drama com requintes de comédia irônica trai um quê de antiquado em sua branda apresentação cênica, recostando… read review
This is one of the most mature and artistically ambitious films ever to win the Oscars. It’s often downgraded in favour of SUNSET BLVD. because the Billy Wilder is supposedly more cinematic while Mankiewicz… read review