Sunday, February 21, 2010

#57 All About Eve: Fasten your seatbelts...

1950. dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm.

Seen it before? No.

Bette Davis plays this over-the-hill actress Margo Channing. One night after a performance she meets a young fan of hers, Eve (Anne Baxter), whom she hires as an assistant. Eve is manipulative and ambitious, and tries to take over parts written for Margo. Margo has been concerned that her playwright friend (Hugh Marlowe) is writing parts for younger actresses. And, uh, yeah, she's right, because apparently Eve is really talented.

Eh. Pretty good I guess. A little too much inside-baseball backstage theater stuff for me to really appreciate it fully. Bette Davis basically carries it; I thought Anne Baxter was sort of stiff. The movie was nominated for 14 Oscars, which is the most ever. Four of them were actress nominations, but none for the astonishingly hot 24-year-old Marilyn Monroe who has a small part.

Position on the list: 90
Also received 14 Oscar nominations: Titanic, which is not on the list. Hooray!

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