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500 Five-Star: All About Eve (1950)

July 23, 2011

 

One of my most treasured photos is of me standing outside Graumann’s Chinese Theatre, posing with the handprints of Bette Davis.  Probably my favourite classic Hollywood icon, Davis was incredible, and it’s a true sign of the film’s greatness that All About Eve probably ranks as the best of her career.  However, this is certainly not down to her alone.  Just about everything in this film is perfection, from the witty and incessantly entertaining screenplay (charting the timeless tale of one woman’s ruthless determination to be a star) to the remarkable score…and best of all is the ensemble cast, who to a man, are remarkable.  It’s almost hard to pick a star performer out, but my own personal choice would be Anne Baxter, whose Eve is one of film’s most memorable female characters.  If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out on a true classic of cinema.

 

Verdict:

No five-star list would be complete without it…

*****

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