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The Essentials: All About Eve (1950)

  • Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders
  • Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 138 min.

The Essentials: Bette Davis
This quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free

Summary: An ingenue insinuates herself into the lives of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

"About Eve ranks among the smartest comedy-dramas in many, many years."
- Bob Thomas, Associated Press
"All About Eve is not only a brilliant and clever portrait of an actress, it is a downright funny film, from its opening scene to the final fadeout."
- Kate Cameron, New York Daily News
"Joseph L Mankiewicz's film dissects the narcissism and hypocrisy of the spotlight as sharply as [Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd], but pays equal attention to the challenges of enacting womanhood."
- Ben Walters, Time Out
"Joseph Mankiewicz was Hollywood's midcentury master of comic drama, and All About Eve, from 1950, was one of his signal achievements."
- Richard Brody, New Yorker
"It crackles with smart, smarting dialogue."
- TIME Staff, TIME Magazine
"[Features] more quotable dialogue in one movie than most screenwriters manage in a lifetime."
- Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"A fine Darryl Zanuck production, excellent music and an air of ultra-class complete this superior satire. The legitimate theatre had better look to its laurels."
- Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A motion picture that, because of its priceless dialogue and unforgettable lead performance, will never lose its luster."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"[Bette Davis'] veteran actress Margo Channing in "All About Eve" (1950) was her greatest role."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


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