All About Eve

All About Eve
Drama

1950

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Gregory Ratoff, Barbara Bates, Marilyn Monroe, Thelma Ritter, Walter Hampden, Randy Stuart, Craig Hill, Leland Harris, Barbara White

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Supporting Role (George Sanders); Best Director (Joseph L. Mankiewicz); Best Screenplay (Joseph L. Mankiewicz); Best Costume Design, Black-and-White; Best Sound Recording

Also Nominated For: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Anne Baxter); Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bette Davis); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Celeste Holm); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Thelma Ritter); Best Cinematography, Black-and-White; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White; Best Film Editing; Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Alfred Newman)

I First Saw In: c. 2011

Synopsis: An ingenue insinuates herself into the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Did You Know? This was the first film to earn a record 14 Academy Award nominations. So far no film has surpassed it, but one film equaled it, 47 years later: Titanic.

Quotables: MR. DEWITT: The distinguished-looking gentleman is an extremely old actor. Being an actor, he will go on speaking for some time. It is not important that you hear what he says.

And now a Word from the Guise:
I love All About Eve. Bette Davis is superb. George Sanders is sublime. Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter, and Marilyn Monroe are magnificent. Everything about this film is perfection. Simply put, it’s one of my favourites.

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