Tuesday, February 15, 2011

All about Eve

I didn’t read a review about this movie before watching so I thought it was one of them much talked about oldeworlde romance like Casablanca.
Well, it did have romance. In fact an enduring one too. But it was also/mainly a satire about the scheming and betrayals that ambitious starlets are involved in to get to the top.

'Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night'

We have Eve Harrington(Anne Baxter) the self effacing girl from nowhere who ingratiates herself into the heart and lives of Karen Richards9Celeste Holmes) and her circle of heavy weight friends including Lloyd Richards, Karen’s playwright husband, Gary Merrill a hot shot director and the reigning queen of the theatre aging Margo Channing (Bette Davis).
Her aim was to become the next reigning queen and boy, was she prepared to use any ploy – including wrecking the personal and professional life of Margo -to get her there.
Eve Harrington could have gotten away as the cast of two faces of evil. She was that good. But best of all was Margo. She was a star twinkling bright from the tip of her lashes to the tips of her toes. She was so catty sometimes kitten, sometimes all claws but always regal. I loved her. 

Bill Sampson: Outside of a bee hive Margo, your behavior would not be considered either Queenly or Motherly.
Margo Channing: You are in a beehive, pal. Didn't you know? We are all busy little bees, full of stings, making honey day and night.(turning to Eve) Aren't we honey? 

Celeste Holmes (Karen) was terrific too in her smaller role as friend and how could I forget Birdie Coogan Margo’s shrewish maid..lol. There was a brief appearance of dear Marilyn Monroe as Miss Caldwell a dumb blonde starlet – heard this was one of the roles that launched her into stardom. You’ll see she was quite young here but still beautiful...

The men, well I am not so familiar with the stars of those yonder days but I do know these were terrific (The men weren’t chosen for their looks in those days it seems??). George Saunders as the movie critic Addison, who saw through Eve’s act from the beginning was especially notable.
The movie ending was pretty funny too. Eve it seems might just get her own comeuppance.

If you’ve not seen this movie, you need to do so like now…..
Ginger scores it 9/10


  1. I have missed reading from you. I reckon things are great with you.
    I found the whole series of Vicar of Dibley at my local library and oMG! I have been Od'n on it. I can't get enough of it.

    Happy belated val

  2. This film was awesome! Brilliant! I'm so glad you saw it!



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