All About Eve (1950):
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Starring Bette Davis
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Editing by Barbara McLean
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) October 13, 1950
7 June, 1951(Australia)
Running time 138 min
Country United States
Awards:Won 6 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 15 nominations
All About Eve is a 1950 drama film, written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on the short story “The Wisdom of Eve,” by Mary Orr.
Praised by critics at the time of its release, All About Eve was nominated for 14 Academy Awards, the largest number of Academy Award nominations for any film, and won six, including Best Picture. Widely regarded as a classic in cinema history, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, and appeared at #16 on AFI’s list of the 100 best American films.
Plot:Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is one of the biggest stars on Broadway, but despite her unmatched success, she is beginning to show her age. After a performance one night, she encounters a young woman named Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Eve claims to be her biggest fan, and an aspiring actress from San Francisco, but gradually the film reveals that she is a scheming and duplicitous woman who plans to take from Margo everything she holds dear: her lover (Gary Merrill), her friends (Celeste Holm and Hugh Marlowe), and her stage career and fame.
Eve begins working to supplant Margo, scheming to become her understudy and taking advantage when Margo is unfairly prevented from making a performance, so that she herself can step in, performing to an audience full of critics. When this fails to jump-start her career, she blackmails her way into playing the next role Margo had been promised, unaware that Margo herself, unhappy at playing roles that are now too young for her, has decided not to do it anyway.
Eve, now a Broadway star, is presented with an award for her performance in that role. Afterwards, she encounters an apparently besotted young fan who had sneaked into her apartment – and the cycle begins again.
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