Rewatched and re-loved. Bette Davis, BETTE DAVIS. I still remember the day when I saw All About Eve for the first time, I think I was 14. I've always wanted to watch all her films and hope can do it someday. Rewatching her films is a pleasure; watching her films for the first time is a life-changing experience.
Warming up for FX's "Feud: Bette vs. Joan", I had to see this. Delusional Jane vs. Suffering Blanche makes for great entertaining... that's for sure. This almost surrealistic story of the Hudson sisters never gets boring and even if the final twist was somewhat predictable, it was a fun ride. Davis was just... beyond words!
Hard-edged and versatile American filmmaker Robert Aldrich delivers one of the most cynical films about celebrity and Hollywood since Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard. I found it a bit on the long side, but still tremendously engaging. Davis, especially, chews the scenery brilliantly, sacrificing all trace of vanity to create a portrait of fame and faded stardom that is as brutal as any you will ever see.
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford give two of the best performances of their careers. Sensational performances in a darkly comic look at celebrity. The black and white cinematographer is beautiful and equally haunting. There are several moments that are truly sensational while others drag on. While the film still holds up incredibly well, I would be lying if I said it's aged perfectly. Still, it's a great film worth.
Pretty much mesmerizing from beginning to end. One of the best of the classic horror/thrillers not having the stamp of Hitchcock. I think that the two leads hated each other in real life made for a better film. In that regard, whos the better actress here? Davis who is undoubtedly just channeling her real hatred for Crawford, or Joan, who approaches her character with a timidness and fear that is noteworthy. 5 stars
2-3? I kind of agree with other reviewers who were kinda left wanting by this movie. There's not much of an escalation of conflict, since the situation remains virtually static for most of the movie. A number of the characters were unreasonably stupid, especially Joan Crawford's character. Joan's heroine mostly spends the movie a damsel in distress, even if she has the desire to act. Needless to say, it kinda drags.