Because it is New Year’s Eve, I thought I would comment on a movie that is all about eve.
Often after watching a classic old movie, I wonder why is this considered a classic, why is it so loved?
Is there a reason that this particular movie was nominated for fourteen academy awards and won six of them?
After watching All About Eve and thoroughly enjoying it, I had to ponder other questions like- why is the woman Eve so evil? Is this depiction of a conniving woman in Hollywood realistic? Are the issues in it outdated and wrong? I googled All About Eve and found out some interesting facts about this film.
It was originally based on a short story that was loosely based on a true story.
Besides Betty Davis’ riveting performance both actresses were nominated for the academy award. Marilyn Monroe played one of her first parts in this film, and while I’m a fan, I have to say, no matter how hard she tried Munroe’s acting is always bad. I am still a fan though, don’t get me wrong.
I am crazy about the role of birdie. I was reminded that she played a great part in A Letter to Three Wives. Here is one theme of the movie that I completely missed- the theme of homophobia. I completely missed it- and I thought I was paying attention. But now looking back I can see the little tidbits I may have overlooked. Little hints such as when Margo asks Eve- “would you like to put me to bed?” Eve replies. ” Yes, if you would like.” The coupling of the heterosexuals was portrayed as loving and unbreakable in the face of the evil Eve and the plotting newspaper columnist. How could I have missed all that? I suppose the performance of Bette Davis was too dazzling and full of fire and spirit for me to stop and think about what message the film was sending out. I was bowled over by Bette Davis’s performance. Her character was messy and complicated and full of surprises. I should have fastened my seat belt because I practically fell off my couch watching it.