All About Eve (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray)

It's all about women... and their men!
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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 19 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region A
  • Released: November 22, 2019
  • Originally Released: 1950
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Note: 4k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • Two Audio Commentaries from 2010, one featuring actor Celeste Holm, Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's on Christopher Mankiewicz, and author Kenneth L. Geist; the other featuring author Sam Staggs
    • All About Mankiewicz, a feature-length documentary from 1983 about the director
    • Episodes of the Dick Cavett Show from 1969 to 1980 featuring actors Bette Davis and Gary Merrill
    • New interview with costume historian Larry McQueen
    • Hollywood Backstories: "All About Eve," a 2001 documentary featuring interviews with Davis and others about the making of the film
    • Documentaries from 2010 about Mankiewicz's life and career; "The Wisdom of Eve," the 1946 short story on which the film is based, and its real-world inspiration; and a real-life Sarah Siddons Society based on the film's fictional organization
    • Radio adaptation of the film from 1951
    • Promotion for the film featuring Davis
    • Plus: An essay by critic Terrence Rafferty and "The Wisdom of Eve"
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night."
  - Margo Channing (Bette Davis).
"That's all television is, dear--just auditions."
  - Addison DeWitt (George Sanders) to Miss Casswell (Marilyn Monroe)
"That I should want you at all suddenly strikes me as the height of improbability... you're an improbable person, Eve, but so am I. We have that in common. Also a contempt for humanity, an inability to love or be loved, insatiable ambition--and talent. We deserve each other."
  - DeWitt to Eve (Anne Baxter)
"The bed looks like a dead animal act."--Birdie (Thelma Ritter)

"What a story! Everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end!"
  - Birdie
"I have lived in the theater as a Trappist monk lives in his faith. In it I toil not, nor do I spin. I am a critic and a commentator. I am essential to the theater--as ants to a picnic, as the boll weevil to a cotton field."
  - DeWitt
"Everybody has a heart--except for some people."
  - Channing
"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1950 - Best Costume Design: Charles LeMaire & Edith Head
Academy Awards 1950 - Best Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Academy Awards 1950 - Best Original Screenplay: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Academy Awards 1950 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1950 - Best Sound Recording
Academy Awards 1950 - Best Supporting Actor: George Sanders
Cannes 1951 - Best Actress: Bette Davis
Cannes 1951 - Jury Prize

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh100%

Total Count: 69


User Ratings: 45,131
This acid-tongued grande dame of the theatah gave us our first glimpse of malignant narcissism and neediness run amok...
Apr 1, 2004
[I]t's witty, literate, cruel, devastating.
May 1, 2005
...a wise, witty, lusty and adult comedydrama which has to do with intrigue and doubledealing in the world of the Broadway theatre. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Oct 9, 2019
Rating: 4.5/5 -- Bette Davis is most certainly at the top of her game playing the crowd favourite Margo Channing,... Full Review
Jun 16, 2016
...Line for quotable line, quite simply the best-written Hollywood movie ever...
Entertainment Weekly
Jan 24, 2003
...Davis was a character, an icon with a grand style...
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 19, 2001
Rating: 4/4 -- a smart, insightful, and darkly humorous drama about the intersections of art and show business and that insatiable appetite we call ambition Full Review
Q Network Film Desk
Dec 27, 2019

Product Description:

Given that she throws tantrums, gets intoxicated, and pushes people away when she needs them the most, it's a wonder New York theater star Margo Channing has any true friends. But when Eve Harrington, Margo's young and innocent-seeming protégée, schemes to gain both the affection of Margo's friends and a starring role originally written for Margo, the actress discovers just who is in her corner--and who is not. Released in 1950, ALL ABOUT EVE's power radiates undimmed through the years. The role of aging stage star Margo Channing is considered by many to be the best of Bette Davis's career, as Davis reveals and conceals Margo's vulnerabilities with a skill seldom seen onscreen. Anne Baxter is also marvelous as the subtle Eve, whose glowing enthusiasm masks a cold, calculated ambition. Both actresses garnered Best Actress Oscar nominations, and the film in its entirety took 14 nominations, winning seven of them, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. George Sanders was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his biting portrayal of potent, nasty theater critic Addison DeWitt. Consistently listed among the best films of all time, director-writer Joseph L. Mankiewicz's ALL ABOUT EVE shouldn't be missed; the acting, writing, and directing are unequivocally brilliant.

Plot Synopsis:

An unforgettable, acerbic look behind the scenes of New York theater, ALL ABOUT EVE depicts the glory days, even as it reveals its denizens' naked ambition as they stand always-in-the-ready to topple the current talent and step into the limelight. Bette Davis mesmerizes as Margo Channing, leading dame of the New York stage until she is pushed aside by a fresh-faced fan who becomes her understudy, the duplicitous Eve (Anne Baxter). Eve's humble background and eager innocence fools all while she subtly digs in her claws, tearing Margo from her friends and colleagues as she desperately grasps her chance for stardom. Wit and sarcasm, though touched with pathos, reign supreme as the determined diva and diva-in-training duke it out. George Sanders as the viperish theater columnist is oily perfection, winning an Oscar for his portrayal. The film won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and Best Director and Best Screenplay prizes for director-writer Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Both Davis and Baxter were nominated for Best Actress Oscars for their superb


Production Notes:

  • ALL ABOUT EVE is number 16 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
  • ALL ABOUT EVE was nominated for a record-setting 14 Academy Awards; it won seven.
  • ALL ABOUT EVE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1990.

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