DUST OFF THE REEL: 67 years later ‘All About Eve’ brings glamorous fashion, acting
April 5, 2017
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In honor of the late great Bette Davis’ birthday, I find it only fitting to remember by taking a look back on one of her best performances. By far Bette’s most respectable piece of work is All About Eve where she plays aging Broadway star Margo Channing. Bette did so spectacularly in her performance that she was nominated for the 1950 academy award for Best Actress (which she completely deserved).
Margo Channing is just what you want in a leading heroine: she’s witty, independent, successful and so on and so forth. Now yes, I’m sure the character was just written that way but it was Bette who brought her to life and no one else but her could have done a better job
Through her emotional ups and downs, you hang at the edge of your seat waiting to see what Bette will pull next to push her character just that extra mile. As a Broadway star you can imagine that Margo is naturally melodramatic. Bette’s facial expressions and childish antics sold me on this aspect of her character.
Okay and the wardrobe in this film? I mean all golden age Hollywood films have stunning costume design but this one specific is just a dream of satin ball gowns and full length mink coats.
There is a particular scene in which Margo hosts a party in a taffeta off the shoulder gown with fur-lined sleeves in pockets. I am currently modeling my Senior Ball dress after it. You never see Bette out of heels or without a cigarette in this film, and I love it. She brings such class the screen with such a disgusting habit.
The movie itself won six Oscars, and was nominated for 14 (La La Land who?) ranging from all different sorts of categories including the take home of Best Picture the highest honor given by the Academy. It truly is a stunning picture in story, in acting, in directing it’s near perfect.
This is why it has stood the test of time and even after 67 years it is still highly regarded as one of the best film turnouts of Hollywood’s renaissance.