One of the greatest movies of all time, All About Eve was nominated for a record 14 Academy Award nominations and took home 6, including Best Picture and Best Director. This movie was all about deception, betrayal, love and backstabbing. It also mirrored the relationship of the characters with the actresses that portrayed them.
It was also one of the first films to debut the new rising starlet, Marilyn Monroe, who played a rising young starlet. Bette Davis was enchanting as well as diabolical as Margo Channing, while Anne Baxter, who played Eve Harrington was a true chameleon, taking on the great Margo Channing and becoming an almost duplicate of the aging star of stage. Bette Davis claims to have based her character on the persona of film actress Talullah Bankhead. Davis’ line “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night” is legendary, but, in fact, all of the film’s dialog sparkles with equal brilliance.
George Sanders, too was manipulative and almost menacing, yet he was the guy you loved to hate. His role gained him an Academy Award for Best Actor in a supporting role, as Addison DeWitt. The film also starred, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter, Hugh Marlow and Bette Davis’s own real life husband, Gary Merrill.
All About Eve is film perfection.