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Murfee Worsham Screening
All About Eve

Friday, January 20, 2017  - Saturday, January 21, 2017

Cinema (Rm #100)  Rice Media Center
Rice University
6100 Main St - Entrance #8 (University Blvd & Stockton)
Houston, Texas, USA

All About Eve

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(US, 1950, 138 min.)

Friday, January 20 at 7:00
Saturday, January 21 at 7:00

Winner of seven Academy Awards, two prizes at Cannes, All About Eve tells of ambition, ego, and social climbing in the world of the theater. It stars Bette Davis, Ann Baxter, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter, George Sanders, and Marilyn Monroe. “Mr. Mankiewicz has gathered up a saga of theatrical ambition and conceit, pride and deception and hypocrisy, that just about drains the subject dry. Indeed, he has put so many characters — so many vivid Broadway types—through the flattening and decimating wringer of his unmerciful wit that the punishment which he gives them becomes painful when so lengthily drawn. And that's the one trouble with this picture. It beats the horse after it is dead. But that said, the rest is boundless tribute to Mr. Mankiewicz and his cast for ranging a gallery of people that dazzle, horrify and fascinate. Although the title character—the self-seeking, ruthless Eve, who would make a black-widow spider look like a lady bug—is the motivating figure in the story and is played by Anne Baxter with icy calm, the focal figure and most intriguing character is the actress whom Bette Davis plays. This lady, an aging, acid creature with a cankerous ego and a stinging tongue, is the end-all of Broadway disenchantment, and Miss Davis plays her to a fare-thee-well. Indeed, the superb illumination of the spirit and pathos of this dame which is a brilliant screen actress gives her merits an Academy award” – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, October 14 1950.

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