AFI #28 – All About Eve

All About Eve - PosterAll About Eve

1950

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Netflix says… Writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s sharp script anchors this story about New York City theater life, with Bette Davis playing an aging Broadway diva who employs a starstruck fan (Anne Baxter) as her assistant, only to learn the woman is a conniving upstart. The now-classic All About Eve won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Mankiewicz), Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (George Sanders).

As big a name as Bette Davis is in old Hollywood, I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve watched a movie in which she stars. Funny enough, she’s got Bette Davis eyes. Look, I’m not qualified to make this kind of diagnosis, but I’m pretty sure Eve was a sociopath. The whole time I was watching the movie, I kept thinking about an old episode of Quantum Leap, where Sam leapt into the life of Marilyn Monroe’s chauffeur. Marilyn hires this girl who’s enamored with her, who eventually is revealed to have designs on taking over a movie role she’s going for. Maybe the writers of that episode were inspired by this movie. It’s worth mentioning, this was one of Marilyn’s early movie roles, too. She didn’t have a big part, but she was there. Overall, it was all right. Not great in my book.

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