All about Eve

10:58 AM

 Or as Justin Timberlake would put it: what goes around, comes around.

I can't decide if I like All About Eve or not. Ok, I loved the movie and watched it twice this month, but the characters are definitely not heroes.

We have the theater diva Margo Channing (Bette Davis) who is "anything less or anything else" than a star. She takes in a seemingly naive fan, Eve (Anne Baxter), to be... her lackey, I guess. Eve slowly starts to make her away to the top, that is, Margo's place. Suddenly Eve is manipulating everybody, including Margo's friends and boyfriend.

It's quite difficult to take sides here. Sure, I guess that Eve with her unbridled ambition has no one on her side. But what about Margo? She could have distanced herself from Eve when things got eeire or when Birdie warned her about Eve ("It's like she's studying you..."). 

Actually, Margo could have dismissed Eve on their first meeting. But she didn't. Having someone who admires and loves you is what Margo wants. She likes treating everybody like trash and getting away with it.

In this point, Margo is very much like Eve. Remember when Eve says she's only after applauses, those "waves of love pouring over the footlights"?

Eve, the green eyed monster.

The only character which I trully don't get is Karen. Is she really Margo's friend? In the beginning some of her actions are harmless but she tries to teach Margo a lesson by promoting Eve's career and almost destroys Margo's! That was just inexcusable.

The end is perfect and nevertheless disturbing. The movie ends, but envy and destruction don't. This proved to be true even off-screen. According to Imdb, Anne Baxter insisted on being nominated for Best Actress and not for Best supporting actress, which may have cost her and Bette Davis an Oscar. Plus, Celest Holm (Karen) said that on the first day on set she said "good morning" to Bette Davis who replied "Oh shit, good manners."

I don't know if these stories are true or not, but we all know from our knowledge of show business and even of life that they could easily be true. That's just how realistic the movie is.

What do you think of the female characters of All about Eve? And what's up with Karen?

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  1. "Margo Channing: Bill's thirty-two. He looks thirty-two. He looked it five years ago, he'll look it twenty years from now. I hate men."
    This is one of those "classics" I just love to love!! That ending (thousand reflections of Phoebe with Eve's trophy is superb!)
    "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night." Funny: Celeste Holm doesn't like to talk about the movie ...

  2. I love these lines too! There are so many witty ones in this movie. Like in Bill's party, when Margo is arguing with him, Addison says: "We're gonna miss the third act, they are going to play it offstage." Addison has great one liners!


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