Dinner was 5 Spice Chickpea Udon Noodle Bowls from the amazing cookbook Protein Ninja. The movie was All About Eve.
All About Eve
After the last couple of real clunkers this was a welcome change of pace! Bette Davis is marvelous. This movie (where the iconic “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night” comes from) is just so good. All around. It’s weird enough, thought provoking enough, and well made enough, to be a classic in every sense. This film doesn’t seem 67 years old. It holds up so well.
George Saunders is brilliant as Addison Dewitt. I still can’t tell if I love him, or hate him, or something in between. That’s where this film succeeds so well – the in-between places. No character is really all that good or blameless or wonderful. All flawed, the four leads muddle through a supposed glamourous life like a bunch of high school kids in search of the next affirmation that they are cool enough, or hanging out with the right people.
Then we have Eve.
Eve is so infuriating and gross. I love it. Expertly played by Anne Baxter, the role of Eve Harrington is beautiful. From the poor little match girl act of the beginning to the tired diva of the closing, she is horrible and wonderful.
I absolutely love how woman-centric this film is. It’s funny, witty, smart and crazy and it’s like a suspense film wrapped up in a drama. Also, the sheer amount of smoking in this movie is insane.
As a bonus, as if this wasn’t good enough already, a young Marilyn Monroe as Miss Caswell is fantastic. I love it. She is smart and funny and wonderful.
This movie was made the same year as Sunset Blvd (an absolute favorite of mine) and it shares a lot of the same devices and themes. Both are almost all essentially flashbacks, which is a cool device. The self-reflectiveness of Hollywood at a time when the first wave of superstars was aging, looking at how we view fame, stardom, wealth, fanaticism, femininity, masculinity, loneliness, and what it means to be alone…both films do a great job of getting into all of these things. Sunset Blvd was up for Best Picture that year as well, and while part of me wishes THAT had won, All About Eve is fantastic.
If it wasn’t Sunset Blvd for best Picture in 1950, I’m glad it was All About Eve.