All About Eve (1950)

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Drama | 138 minutes
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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.

All About Eve can be described as cynical, clever, and witty. The plot revolves around aging, showbiz, and ambition. Its comic aspect comes from irreverent humor. All About Eve's main genres are drama and comedy. In terms of style, it has a Hollywood tone, is talky, and stars a strong female character. In approach, it is realistic. All About Eve is slow paced. It is set, at least in part, in an urban environment. It is located in New York. All About Eve takes place in the 1950s. Visually, it is black and white. It is inspired by an article, derived from a short story, and originally a true story. All About Eve ha...
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s received attention for being a classic, an Oscar winner, and critically acclaimed.
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Based on the story The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr, All About Eve is an elegantly bitchy backstage story revolving around aspiring actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Tattered and forlorn, Eve shows up in the dressing room of Broadway mega-star Margo Channing (Bette Davis), weaving a melancholy life story to Margo and her friends. Taking pity on the girl, Margo takes Eve as her personal assistant. Before long, it becomes apparent that naïve Eve is a Machiavellian conniver who cold-bloodedly uses Margo, her director Bill Sampson (Gary Merill), Lloyd's wife Karen (Celeste Holm), and waspish critic Addison De Witt ...
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(George Sanders) to rise to the top of the theatrical heap. Also appearing in All About Eve is Marilyn Monroe, introduced by Addison De Witt as "a graduate of the Copacabana school of dramatic art." This is but one of the hundreds of unforgettable lines penned by writer/director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the most famous of which is Margo Channing's lip-sneering admonition, "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night." All About Eve received 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
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De ouder wordende Broadway-legende Margo Channing heeft alles; een succesvolle carrière, goede vrienden en een liefhebbende echtgenoot. Ze heeft ook een fan, genaamd Eve Harrington, die zich een weg weet te banen tot in het leven van Margo, om haar te kunnen bestuderen. Eve's bedoelingen worden al snel duidelijk, de criticus Addison DeWitt is de eerste die haar door begint te krijgen. Hij besluit de mentor van Eve te worden, en ze weet zich op te werken tot een grote ster.

Critic Consensus :Smart, sophisticated, and devastatingly funny, All About Eve is a Hollywood classic that only improves with age.

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