This deranged cat and mouse film benefits from the full commitment given by Davies and Crawford in fleshing out the sordid details of Henry Farrell's novel. Suspenseful throughout and executed with demonic zeal by evil genius Robert Aldrich, the story sadly overlooks a potentially meaty character study in favor of more mundane thrills given by the obvious setting.
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.