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#237. All About Eve

  • Year: 1950
  • Country: USA
  • Production: Fox, 138m B&W
  • Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Screenplay: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, from short story by Mary Orr
  • Photography: Milton R. Krasner
  • Music: Alfred Newman
  • Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Geroge Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter
  • Oscar Wins: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Costume Design
  • Oscar Noms: Best Actress (Davis, Baxter), Best Supporting Actress (Holm, Ritter), Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Original Score
  • Cannes Film Festival: Special Jury Prize, Best Actress (Davis)

Abridged Book Description

Considered one of the sharpest and darkest films ever made about show business, Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1950 drama was taken from a 1946 Cosmopolitan magazine short story called "The Wisdom of Eve," which was also made into a radio production. Avoided by other studios for four years, the combination of Mankiewicz's cynical, witty screenplay, and a high-caliber cast transformed the story into an enormous cinematic success... Having also won an Oscar in 1949 for A Letter to Three Wives, some see Mankiewicz's victory in All About Eve as final vindication of his talent in comparison to brother Herman, who won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Citizen Kane. That debate aside, All About Eve is widely considered to be the crowning achievement in Davis' lengthy career.