Saturday, May 10, 2014

All About Eve (1950)

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter, Marilyn Monroe. 138 min. Rated PG. Drama.

The beauty of classics. You rarely see movies these days where all the characters are likable, rarely where the use of black and white and different shades of gray are such an appropriate metaphor for the stark characters, rarely where even Marilyn Monroe in a small role was as glamorous as could be. It's not just the story of a conniving upstart idolizing an aging theater star and then insinuating herself to take her place; it's about sitting back, and enjoying how through rich dialogue, old screenwriters and directors were experts at illustrating the darker corners of the human mind.

PS; Thanks again, Maryam, for recommending another great classic.

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