All About Eve 1950
Broadway star Margo Channing (Bette Davis) is at a vulnerable point in her life. At 40 years old, she can no longer get away with playing ingenue parts. She is unmarried and fears facing the second part of her life alone. When her most devoted fan, the mousy young Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter), begins to show up to the theater every night just to watch Margo perform, the older actress takes pity on her and invites her into her life. As an employee and friend, there is no one more loyal than Eve. Before long, however, it is clear that there may be more to Eve than meets the eye. A conniving schemer, Eve is an aspiring actress who longs for the spotlight herself. Her unyielding ambition will stop at nothing to get what she wants and take everything away from Margo in the process, including her career, her man, and her life.

This is the film that temporarily rejuvenated Davis' career, immortalizing her as a camp icon, a cigarette in one hand, a martini in the other, pausing only long enough between drags and sips to dole out savagely witty remarks. This is a story of "insatiable ambition and talent," one that explores obsession, manipulation, and the pressure put on women to be forever young and beautiful. It netted fourteen Academy Award nominations — besting Gone With the Wind's thirteen nods and matched only later by James Cameron's Titanic, in 1997 — and eventually won six, including Best Picture.


Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Cast: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Marilyn Monroe
Country: USA
Genre: Drama

2xBD50, 2xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC 4:3 | 02:18:28 | 84.3 Gb + 14.8 Gb
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:

Audio Commentary One - this audio commentary was recorded by actress Celeste Holm, Ken Geist (Joseph Mankiewicz's Biographer) and Christopher Mankiewicz. It was also included on Fox's first Blu-ray release of All About Eve.

Audio Commentary Two - this audio commentary was recorded by author Sam Staggs. It was also included on Fox's first Blu-ray release of All About Eve.

Larry McQueen - in this new video interview, film costume historian and collector Larry McQueen discusses the costumes worn by Bette Davis and Anne Baxter in All About Eve and how they defined their characters. The interview was conducted exclusively for Criterion in 2019. In English, not subtitled. (18 min, 1080p).

All About Mankiewicz - in this archival documentary, film scholar Michel Ciment interviews director Joseph L. Mankiewicz about his time in the film business and the highs and lows in his career. The documentary was produced in 1983. In English, not subtitled. (107 min, 1080p).

The Secret of Sarah Siddons - when All About Eve was written and filmed, the Sarah Siddons Society was a fictional creation of Joseph L. Mankiewicz. This documentary chronicles the formation, after the film's release, of an actual Sarah Siddons Society in Chicago. The documentary was produced in 2010. In English, not subtitled. (7 min, 1080i).

Radio Adaptation - presented here is the Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of All About Eve featuring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, and Gary Merrill in their original roles. with Reginald Gardiner playing Addison DeWitt. The adaptation aired o October 1, 1951. In English, not subtitled. (60 min, 1080p).

Bette Davis Promotion - presented here is a short promotional with Bette Davis discussing her character in All About Eve. It was produced in 1950. In English, not subtitled. (2 min, 1080p).

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz - this documentary takes a closer look at the life and career of director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Included in it are interviews with the director's sons, Christopher Mankiewicz and Thomas Mankiewicz, his biographer Kenneth Geist, and others. The documentary was completed in 2010. In English, not subtitled. (26 min, 1080i).

The Dick Cavett Show - presented here is a full episode of The Dick Cavett Show with actor Gary Merrill discussing his contribution to All About Eve and marriage to Bette Davis, as well as an excerpt from from another episode with Davis.
1. Episode One - broadcast on June 18. 1980. In English, not subtitled. (29 min, 1080i).
2. Episode Two - broadcast on December 31, 1969. In English, not subtitled. (20 min, 1080i).

Hollywood Backstories: "All About Eve" - this archival documentary focuses on the production history of All About Eve, and features interviews with Bette Davis, Celeste Holm, Anne Baxter, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and film historian Rudy Behlmer, amongst others. It was produced in 2001. In English, not subtitled. (25 min, 1080i).

Joseph L. Mankiewicz: A Personal Journey - this archival documentary explores the life of director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It was produced in 2010. In English, not subtitled. (26 min, 1080i).

The Real Eve - in this archival documentary, film scholar Jonathan Kuntz and theater critic Harry Haun discuss the real-life people that inspired Mary Orr's story "The Wisdom of Eve", on which All About Eve is based. In English, not subtitled. (19 min, 1080i).

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