All About Eve
Broadway diva Bette Davis tries to fend off her rivals in this six Oscar-winning drama.
Dir Joseph L Mankiewicz
With Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm
Packed with bitchy banter, Mankiewicz’s witty portrait of a Broadway diva (Davis) fending off age, rivals, and anxieties about the loyalty of a fan-turned-assistant (Baxter) probably influenced The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant. A superb cast (including Thelma Ritter and a cameo from Marilyn Monroe) does Mankiewicz’s pithy dialogue proud, none more so than Davis, and Sanders as a supremely supercilious drama critic.