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Big screen classics

All About Eve

Broadway diva Bette Davis tries to fend off her rivals in this six Oscar-winning drama.

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USA 1950
Dir Joseph L Mankiewicz
With Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm
137min
Digital
Certificate U

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.

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