All About Eve (1950) Film Review


Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is the star of the New York stage. When seemingly sweet and innocent Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) appears, she is taken under the wing of Margo and all those around her; her director and boyfriend Bill (Gary Merrill), playwright Lloyd ( Hugh Marlowe), Lloyd’s wife and Margo’s best friend, Karen (Celeste Holm), producer Max Fabian (Gregory Ratoff) and theatre columnist Addison DeWitt (George Sanders). But as her star begins to shine, it becomes apparent that the seemingly sweet and innocent Eve may have had a hidden agenda from the start.

I kind of understand why some people don’t like watching black and white films. Acting and film have changed a lot over the years. It was still early times. Acting was less naturalistic, and the style of film was more obvious to ensure that everyone followed the story. By the very nature of being immersed in motion pictures and television from a young age, we are more mature viewers. But it is wrong to dismiss old films altogether. All About Eve is marvellous regardless of how different it is to today’s films. Just seeing the hard-living Bette Davis strutting her stuff is worth it.

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