Movie Review 2008 #32: All About Eve

Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s classic tale of ambition in the Theater, starring Bette Davis as the aging theater star Margo Channing and Anne Baxter as Eve.

One of those classic movies that I’ve never seen before now, All about Eve tells the story of its title character, Eve Harrington. Besotted and charming her way into a circle of theater friends around an aging actress, her charm and self depreciation hide a sinister plan of manipulation. People slowly come to see Eve’s manipulation for fulfillment, but her machinations are soon well in hand…
Betrayal, manipulation, ambition and more, the movie is a classic character study of Eve, Margo and the others in their circle. The movie relies on us being invested in watching these characters react to each other and especially the young ingenue in their midst, and just how far she is willing to go in the pursuit of her signalminded goals. The casting is great, especially the leads, and there is even a small role for Marilyn Monroe.
The movie won six Oscars, including Best Picture. Both of the leads were nominated for Best Actress; neither won. (The winner that year was Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday).
I enjoyed it.