Monday, January 12, 2004

All About Eve

Bette Davis as Margo Channing

In keeping with my recent fascination with old movies - currently giving me the most joy in life - last night I saw 1950's All About Eve, with Bette Davis and Anne Baxter. The movie still holds the record for most female Oscar nominations in one film (four, although none won) and it's amazingly witty and wonderful.

Roger Ebert wrote, "Growing older was a smart career move for Bette Davis, whose personality was adult, hard-edged and knowing. Never entirely comfortable as an ingenue, she was glorious as a professional woman, a survivor, or a bitchy predator. Her veteran actress Margo Channing in 'All About Eve' was her greatest role; it seems to show her defeated by the wiles of a younger actress, but in fact marks a victory: the triumph of personality and will over the superficial power of beauty."

Sadly, I don't think we would make a movie about women like this today.

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